‘Ugly Delicious’ Chef David Chang Becomes First Celeb To Win $1 Million On ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’

A celebrity chef just made history on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”.

On Sunday, “Ugly Delicious” star David Chang took the hot seat and became the first celebrity ever to win $1 million on the game show.

Chang went on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Monday night to talk about his historic win, walking onto the set with his giant million-dollar cheque.

“Truthfully, my entire goal was to not be eliminated after the first question,” Chang admitted. “That was it.”

Talking about the moment he won, Kimmel pointed out that he was not only the first celebrity to win the million dollars, but he was the first to do it with his fly unzipped.

“Oh, my wife is gonna be so thrilled with me,” Chang laughed.

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For his last question, Chang phoned a friend — journalist Mina Kimes — to help him identify the first U.S. president to have electricity at the White House.

While Chang had originally suspected Ulysses S. Grant, Kimes said it was “probably” Benjamin Harrison.

“She’s so much smarter than I am, though,” Chang said of Kimes. “I didn’t do well enough in school and I was a terrible student — that’s why I became a chef.”

David Chang. Photo: ABC/John Fleenor
David Chang. Photo: ABC/John Fleenor

Host Kimmel informed Chang that, should he get the answer wrong, he would lose most of the $500,000 for charity that he had accrued to that point in the game, dropping down to just $32,000.

He also told the contestant that no celebrity had ever won the top prize in the show’s 20-year history. Norm Macdonald reached the final question before former host Regis Philbin talked him into walking away with $500,000.

David Chang and Jimmy Kimmel. Photo: ABC/John Fleenor
David Chang and Jimmy Kimmel. Photo: ABC/John Fleenor

Finally, Chang went with Benjamin Harrison, and after an extended, agonizing pause, Kimmel revealed he was right and had just won $1 million for the Southern Smoke Foundation charity.

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Chang celebrated his big win, then learned that Kimes had very nearly recommended a different answer entirely before she was cut off by the timer.

She joked, “Finally, my college education is justified!”

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