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01 October 2023

Amitabh Bachchan extends KBC contract

In 2007, Khan replaced Amitabh Bachchan as the host of the third series of the popular game show 'Kaun Banega Crorepati', the Indian version of 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?' (FILE)

By Miranda Smith

Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan will continue his new contract with the game show "Kaun Banega Crorepati", he said on Wednesday.

The actor, who made a comeback to the Indian version of "Who wants to be a millionaire?" in 2010, has had an overwhelming response from viewers.

"Sony and I have signed on for KBC for the next two seasons... your blessings and encouragement needed in abundance!" Bachchan posted on his Twitter page.

The show first launched in 2000 with Bachchan in the hot seat, but after a second year's hosting in 2005, superstar Shah Rukh Khan was roped in as the host of the third season.

Sony Entertainment Television brought back the show last year.

"We have certainly tied up with Mr. Bachchan for the next two seasons of KBC. The next season will be on this year itself, but we have not planned when it will go on air," Ajit Thakur, executive vice president and business head, Sony Entertainment Television, was quoted as telling The Times of India.