Jeremy Clarkson has reportedly signed up to step into Chris Tarrant's shoes and host a new incarnation of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
According to the Sun on Sunday, The Grand Tour presenter is set to start work on a reboot of the classic game show, which originally ran from 1998 to 2014 with Chris Tarrant at the helm.
The show is rumoured to be made by Stellify Media - the same production company that managed to successfully relaunch Blind Date with Paul O'Grady.
A source told the paper: "Jeremy is a huge character and the bosses are convinced he is going to come in and really make the show his own.
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"As well as interviewing contestants and giving answers, he'll be injecting plenty of humour.
"The show was a huge hit last time around and the hope is that it'll live up to that success the second time around."
Rumours of Clarkson signing up for the reboot began circulating last year, and now the source tells the paper 'the deal has been done'.
I think it's fair to say that Clarkson would be quite a different host from Tarrant, whereas Chris always liked to be on the side of the contestants, I can imagine Clarkson sitting there berating them for not knowing an answer. And I, for one, can't wait to see that.
Former host Tarrant has previously said a comeback could be problematic, speaking last year, he said: "The biggest problem is it was about making someone a millionaire. It's got to be that sort of money."
Chris told the Daily Star newspaper: "You can't call it 'Who Wants To Win £50?' It wouldn't work. You couldn't even change it to £100,000, it wouldn't be the same.
"So, it's a very expensive show to make. What's interesting is that now there is no programme that gives away more than about £5,000."
But he did add: "It was a brilliant format... but to go back to giving away big money the TV companies would have to be very, very sure it was going to be a big show."
With Clarkson hosting, I reckon it's pretty easy to imagine it could be a big show.
Source: The Sun
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