The series returned for a second season to the primetime edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. The top prize is US$1,000,000. In a TV trailer, Kimmel announces that there will be a 13th million dollar winner. 

Lifelines

There are 4 lifelines:

Episodes

1. In the Hot Seat: Tiffany Haddish and Firefighter Oliver Fry (October 18, 2020)

Tiffany Haddish ($32,000 - lost on $125,000)
Oliver Fry ($2,000 - continued)

2. In the Hot Seat: Julie Bowen and Firefighter Oliver Fry (October 25, 2020)

Oliver Fry ($125,000)
Julie Bowen ($125,000 - continued)

3. In the Hot Seat: Julie Bowen, Joel McHale, and Bus Driver Eric Bailey (November 1, 2020)

Julie Bowen ($500,000)
Eric Bailey ($32,000)
Joel McHale ($1,000 - continued)

4. In the Hot Seat: Joel McHale and Food Truck Owner Tom Miller (November 8, 2020)

Joel McHale ($125,000)
Tom Miller ($32,000 - lost on $125,000)

5. In the Hot Seat: Chef David Chang and ASL Interpreter Rorri Burton (November 15, 2020)

Rorri Burton ($125,000)
David Chang ($8,000 - continued)

6. The Million-Dollar Win (November 29, 2020)

David Chang ($1,000,000)
J.D. Barton ($2,000 - continued)

7. In the Hot Seat: Therapist J.D. Barton and Registered Nurse Amanda Sheehan (December 6, 2020)

J.D. Barton ($250,000)
Amanda Sheehan ($2,000 - continued)

8. In the Hot Seat: Cedric the Entertainer, Rebel Wilson, and Registered Nurse Amanda Sheehan (December 13, 2020)

Amanda Sheehan ($32,000 - lost on $125,000)
Cedric the Entertainer ($32,000 - lost on $32,000)
Rebel Wilson ($1,000 - continued)

9. In the Hot Seat: Rebel Wilson and Amanda Peet (January 3, 2021)

Rebel Wilson ($250,000)
Amanda Peet ($32,000 - continued)

10. In the Hot Seat: Amanda Peet, Zachary Quinto and Karamo Brown (January 10, 2021)

Amanda Peet ($125,000)
Zachary Quinto ($32,000 - lost on $125,000)
Karamo Brown ($8,000 - continued)

11. In the Hot Seat: Karamo Brown and Special Education Teacher Shadi Seyedyousef (January 17, 2021)

Karamo Brown ($125,000) 
Shadi Seyedyousef ($64,000 - continued)

12. In the Hot Seat: Ray Romano and Special Education Teacher Shadi Seyedyouself (January 24, 2021)

Shadi Seyedyousef ($250,000)
Ray Romano ($64,000 - continued)

13. In the Hot Seat: Ray Romano and Firefighter Lauren Kuykendall (January 31, 2021)

Ray Romano ($32,000 - lost on $250,000)
Lauren Kuykendall ($125,000)

14. In the Hot Seat: Thomas Middleditch and Registered Nurse DeShaé Alcorn (March 7, 2021)

Thomas Middleditch ($ )
DeShaé Alcorn  ($ )

15. In the Hot Seat: Gym Owner Joseph Herrera and Registered Nurse Kyle Shaules (March 14, 2021)

Joseph Herrera ($ )
Kyle Shaules ($ )

16. In the Hot Seat: Lena Waithe and Food Delivery Driver Ryan Fox (March 21, 2021)

Lena Waithe ($ )
Ryan Fox ($ )

Sources

Trivia and Notes

  • According to the credits, all contestants, both celebrities and regular contestants, are guaranteed a minimum of $32,000, regardless of their actual performance on the show. The regular contestants consisted of a mixture of essential frontline workers and small business owners who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The producers of the show were very selective about casting contestants, particularly when it came to the regular contestants and made sure to cast reasonably smart contestants for the show, because the last thing they wanted was for any contestant, celebrity or regular, to flunk out on one of the first 5 questions, especially the $100 question (similar to the way Robby Roseman and Brian Fodera did in the classic primetime era), even if they were still guaranteed $32,000 regardless. In addition, all contestants, both celebrities and regular contestants, are allowed to bring a guest companion to assist them for the first 10 questions, which later becomes the Ask the Guest lifeline if they decide to trade in one of their remaining unused lifelines after they reach the $32,000 milestone.
    • Notably, in an interview about the show, Jimmy Kimmel originally admitted that he would have liked to have "dumb" contestants on the show just to watch them get humiliated, like in the Regis Philbin era; however, in a subsequent interview regarding the introduction of essential workers and small business owners as contestants, he reversed his earlier statement, stating that he did not want to see any of the essential workers and/or small business owners lose horribly.
  • Due to ABC News' coverage of the 2021 United States Capitol protests, the three episodes that were supposed to be shown on the evening of Wednesday, January 6, 2021 were not aired that night; instead, they were rescheduled for later dates. Consult abc.com for episode streaming and further information.
  • Ray Romano became the first celebrity contestant, and the first contestant overall, to lose $93,000 in the rebooted series.
  • Eric Bailey and Cedric the Entertainer were the only contestants to be awarded $32,000 after flunking out on the $32,000 question without using any lifelines.
Preceded by
2020 season
U.S. Seasons
2020-2021 season
Succeeded by
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