'Celebrity Deathmatch' Will Return With Ice Cube As Host At MTV

Celebrity Deathmatch

MTV Reviving Celebrity Deathmatch with Ice Cube Starring & Producing

Though no studio network is attached yet, MTV Studios have resurrected their late-Nineties claymation series Celebrity Deathmatch, which infamously pitted famous folks, like Marilyn Manson vs. Ricky Martin (see below) and Ozzy Osbourne vs. Elton John, against each other in blood-soaked splatstick wrestling bouts. They recently were joined by an "Undressed" revival as the first of the studio's reboots found a home when MTV Studios made a deal for "The Real World" at Facebook.

"We're excited to grow our partnership with Ice Cube and Cube Vision to reimagine this fan favorite", added Chris McCarthy, president of MTV, VH1, and CMT. Aside from hosting the show's forthcoming revival, the rapper will also be executive producing it alongside partner Jeff Kwatinetz and Eric Fogel, who created Celebrity Deathmatch, will also serve as executive producer and co-showrunner.

MTV Studios is aiming to have Celebrity Deathmatch on a third party network in 2019 as Viacom attempts to monetize its back catalog.

Celebrity Deathmatch ran for 93 episodes over six seasons. The show originally ran from 1998 through 2002.

"The President of MTV issued the following statement: "'Deathmatch' was the meme before memes, remains a hot topic on social media and will be a smart, amusing way to tackle the over-the-top rhetoric of today's pop culture where it belongs - in the wrestling ring". A TV special, "Celebrity Deathmatch Hits Germany", aired in June 2001. In April 2015, MTV2 announced a reboot of the series, but the pilot ultimately was not picked up to series.

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