Comedian Dennis Miller to Host CNBC Talk Show
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Comedian Dennis Miller, a regular on “Saturday Night Live” over a decade ago, will return to the NBC fold to host a prime-time cable talk show starting next year.
Miller, who won five Emmy Awards for his weekly series “Dennis Miller Live,” will also serve as executive producer for the hour-long show set to debut in January on CNBC, the cable business channel, both sides said in a statement issued on Thursday.
“With all that’s going on in the world today, it’s nice to have a nightly platform to air my opinions. I’m happy to be back in the NBC family,” said Miller.
Miller, who supported Arnold Schwarzenegger in the action star’s successful bid for governorship of California earlier this month, has been seen as a potential rising star in the state Republican party.
“Having Dennis Miller return to the NBC family is one of the most exciting things to happen to us in years,” said Jeff Zucker, president of NBC Entertainment. “His wit, uncanny takes on life and fearlessness have made him a popular figure — and this is the next logical step in his brilliant career.”
Miller was a member of the commentary team for ABC’s “NFL Monday Night Football” during a stint that ended last year. He is also a frequent guest on politically oriented talk shows.
NBC is a unit of General Electric Co. while ABC is owned by the Walt Disney Co.