Vernon Kay signs $1m US deal
Vernon Kay has signed a $1 million deal to host new prime time game show 'The Six' in America
Vernon Kay has signed a $1 million deal to host a prime time US game show.
The presenter - who hosts 'Family Fortunes' in the UK, among other projects - will front 'The Six' for network ABC, seeing off competition from several American presenters after impressing bosses with his friendly style and thick northern accent.
A friend told The Sun newspaper: "This is great news for Vernon and cements his reputation as a solid game show host.
"He hoped they'd give him the job but, as he's English with a broad accent, it wasn't always a done deal.
"Yet the accent actually swung it for him because they loved it."
Vernon, 35, is set to move Stateside with his wife Tess Daly, 41, and their daughters, Phoebe, five, and 11-month-old Amber, this summer to make the programme, which is based on Russia's most popular game show 'What? Where? When?'.
The format sees six contestants take turns spinning a wheel and answering questions based on how it lands. Questions are sent from viewers and the competitors get a minute to answer. A correct answer earns a point and a wrong answer gives the other side a point, and the sender of the question a prize.
Vernon is not believed to be planning a permanent US move and has just signed an exclusive year-long deal with ITV.
His new show 'The Whole 19 Yards' has also enjoyed good ratings since it began last Saturday (24.12.10).