Chris Harrison will be handing out life lines along with those “The Bachelor” roses as he has added “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” host to his schedule.
Don’t worry, Harrison isn’t leaving the “Bachelor” franchise. He will take over the ABC daytime game show in the fall in addition to his “Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” duties.
“There are few shows on television as strong and iconic as Millionaire,'” Harrison says via press statement “This is a great fit and I’m extremely excited and honored to take on this new endeavor.”
On Twitter, Harrison was a little more exuberant about his new job.
— Chris Harrison (@chrisbharrison) April 13, 2015
Harrison will be taking over from current “Millionaire” host Terry Crews, who couldn’t keep up the gig due to his own busy schedule. ABC executives are hoping that Harrison’s long relationship with “Bachelor” fans will make him a familiar and welcome face to the “Millionaire” audience.
“Chris has hosted 19 seasons of The Bachelor, and with that has developed a very deep connection with the TV audience. He is smart, warm and a formidable host and we are thrilled to have him join Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” says Lisa Hackner, ABC Vice President of Daytime & Syndicated programming.
Before Harrison takes over “Millionaire” in the fall, he’ll be playing referee and commentator to the double-sized “Bachelorette” with Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson beginning May 18.