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Ludacris to host 'Fear Factor' revival for MTV

By Karen Butler
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Ludacris to host 'Fear Factor' revival for MTV
Ludacris poses backstage during the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 17, 2015. The rapper and actor is going to host a revival of "Fear Factor" for MTV. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

April 12 (UPI) -- Rapper and actor Ludacris has signed on to host MTV's revival of the reality-competition series Fear Factor.

The cable network said it has ordered 12, one-hour episodes for the new season, which is scheduled to premiere May 30.

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"MTV is about celebrating youth culture, and with the reinvented Fear Factor, we are putting the power in our audience's hands to face and overcome their biggest fears," Chris McCarthy, president of MTV, VH1 and Logo, said in a statement Wednesday. "We are thrilled to partner with Ludacris, one of the biggest global stars who has a rich history with MTV, to energize this franchise for a whole new generation."

"I am excited to kick off my partnership with MTV, starting with the relaunch of which will be even more insane and ludicrous than what you remember," added Ludacris. "This will be the first of many great projects together!"

The show originally ran on NBC 2001-06, with comedian Joe Rogan as host.

Ludacris will soon be seen in the action picture Fate of the Furious.

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