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Travis Kelce to Host ‘Are You Smarter Than a Celebrity?’

Travis Kelce has scored a new gig – and this time it’s off the field!

The Kansas City Chiefs star has been revealed as the host of a new TV show, Are You Smarter Than a Celebrity?, a spinoff of the popular Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

“I grew up loving game shows,” Travis shared in a release. “And I’m excited to be following in the footsteps of so many TV icons by hosting my very first one with Are You Smarter Than a Celebrity?”.

He added, “The original show is a great success, so to be bringing a new format with everyone’s favourite celebrities to the screen, will definitely be entertaining. I’m just happy to be on the hosting side of the equation here and excited to see how these famous faces keep up.”

According to Prime Video, the show is a bit of a twist on the original format we’re used to. Instead, “each game will welcome an adult contestant who will rely on a classroom full of celebrities from stage, screen and sports to help them answer 11 questions on a range of subjects, pulled from elementary curriculum, in an effort to win a $100, 000 prize.”

Unlike in the original series, the contestant won’t be competing against the stars – “they’re enlisting their help and in some cases, can even ‘cheat’ off of them. And on the final question, worth $100,000, the contestant selects one celebrity to discuss the answer with before locking in. The final question is always at the 6th-grade level.”


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Travis Kelce, one of the most recognisable names in the NFL (and sport in general. Oh and now pop culture too – thanks Taylor Swift!), is an eight-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro. He’s considered one of the greatest tight ends of all time and helped the Chiefs to victory at the Super Bowl LVIII earlier this year. In addition to his sporting achievements, he’s also co-host of the top-charting sports podcast New Heights and the founder of 87 & Running, a foundation working to empower underserved youth in education, business, athletics, STEM and the arts.

Are You Smarter Than a Celebrity? will be his first time venturing into the world of gameshows, though not his first time working in television. He’s previously appeared on Saturday Night Live – one of the few athletes ever invited to do so.

No word yet on which celebrities will be joining him on his new project, but just putting it out there… can you imagine if Taylor turned up? 

The series will premiere on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.

(Feature Image Credit: by Robin Alam/ISI Photos/Getty Images)


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Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and founder of CelebrityKind. She has dedicated her career to creating connected and healthy spaces in the media. When she's not writing, you'll find Nehal hanging with family, dancing to Beyoncé, interpreting Taylor Swift lyrics or watching old eps of Oprah.