Jeremy Clarkson to host Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

  • Jeremy Clarkson to host Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

Jeremy Clarkson to host Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

The former "Top Gear" presenter is set to host "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" when the show returns to British screens this spring for a week-long run of special episodes on ITV.

The host for the show's original run from 1998 to 2014 was Chris Tarrant.

The programme saw members of the public tasked with answering increasingly hard questions in order to win as much money as possible, up to a million pounds.

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At its peak in 1999 it was attracting up to 19 million viewers per episode and helped then controller of programmes David Liddiment assert ITV's dominance over BBC1 in the ratings at the time.

Arguably the most famous episode during Tarrant's reign featured Charles Ingram, who cheated his way to £1 million by having his wife Diana, and an accomplice, Tecwen Whittock, in the audience to cough when the correct answer to a question was read out, earning him the nickname "The Coughing Major".

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"Always loved that show", Clarkson tweeted Friday.

Chris Tarrant hosted the quiz show for 15 years
Chris Tarrant hosted the quiz show for 15 years

He said: "I am privileged to have been a part of it but do now feel that it is time for me to call it a day".

Tarrant's spokesman said the star thought Jezza would make "a first rate host".

ITV's Siobhan Greene said of this joint return of two entertainment behemoths: "It felt like a no brainer to celebrate a show that was a trailblazer of its time and broke the mould".

"In doing this one-off special week, I hope Millionaire will be introduced to a whole new generation".

"And with TV legend Jeremy Clarkson asking the questions, frankly anything could happen".

ITV have also promised there will be a number of "twists and turns" on the rebooted show.