The 'Masked Singer' panelist will be joined by his 'Community' co-star Joel McHale for the holiday telecast, replacing the network's previous emcee — Steve Harvey.
Fox cannot get enough of The Masked Singer — or panelist Ken Jeong. As the fourth season of TV's top reality competition nears its end, the network has renewed it for a fifth to air in 2021. Jeong has also been tapped for the channel's annual New Year's Eve telecast.
The Masked Singer has been a boon to Fox, especially COVID-19 has made alternative programming so much easier to safely produce. Premiering to surprisingly big numbers at the top of 2019, the most current ratings returns have the fourth season averaging a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 11.5 million multi-platform viewers this season. Earlier in 2020, a post-Super Bowl episode brought in 24 million viewers.
“I’m so happy to announce a new season of The Masked Singer,” said Fox Entertainment president of alternative and specials Rob Wade. “This show brings joy to so many families across the country, especially during these trying times, and we can’t wait to get even more celebrities suited up in crazy costumes for an hour of pure fun every week.”