Ken Jeong will quickly be capable of add speak present host to his already spectacular resumé.
The comic, 54, is partnering with Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury — which additionally put collectively Sherri and The Wendy Williams Present — to develop a syndicated speak present that can premiere in 2024, per a number of shops. Along with internet hosting, Jeong may also function an government producer.
“Ken is one in every of a handful of individuals on this planet who has what it takes to succeed as a chat present host and we’re excited to be in enterprise with him,” Debmar-Mercury co-presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein stated in a joint assertion on Monday, October 16. “Audiences join with Ken on many ranges – not solely as a result of is he so gifted, entertaining and unapologetically hilarious however their sense that he’s honest, compassionate, fearless, pleasant, simply genuinely good – all important substances that make for long-term success as a chat present host.”
The message continued: “He’s additionally a expertise able to conquering any time interval together with his mixture of comedy, Hollywood movie star pals, and skill to carry viewers.”
Jeong is finest recognized for his roles on the TV collection Group and in movies together with Knocked Up, The Hangover and Loopy Wealthy Asians. Earlier than making it large within the leisure business, Jeong labored as a training physician which served because the inspiration for his collection Dr. Ken which aired for 2 seasons on ABC.
Most lately, he has been a staple as one of many judges on The Masked Singer alongside Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke since its premiere in 2019. In its inaugural season, Jeong solely shared with Us Weekly how he and different judges keep away from working into the rivals behind the scenes.
“They attempt to preserve us very separate. Separate hallway, separate constructing. They’re in trailers, we’re in dressing rooms. Air conditioned,” Jeong quipped to Us in October 2019. “However, on the similar time, if I see somebody in a masks in a type of, I at all times transfer and depart as a result of I actually attempt to preserve it pure. … I simply don’t wish to have any concept.”
Jeong has served because the comedian aid on the singing competitors and has develop into a beloved fixture on the collection. As his reputation grew, he additionally signed on to host Fox’s competitors present, I Can See Your Voice in 2020, with its third season gearing as much as air subsequent 12 months.