'Small Fortune': Reality show host Lil Rel Howery's net worth took a hit post-divorce
If you're looking for a game show that is big on adrenaline and the stakes are high, get ready to watch NBC's 'Small Fortune.' And don't let the name throw you off, there is nothing small about this new game show, except for the challenges, that is.
Based on a UK show by the same name, the reality show sees teams take on a wide range of tasks in the tiniest of settings, putting their skills and most importantly, their patience to the test. And if they make it out on top, there is a $250,000 prize waiting for them! When the challenges are small and the prize is big, you need a host who can help keep the energy flowing. Enter Lil Rel Howery, who is all set to host 'Small Fortune'!
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Who is Lil Rel Howery?
Born Milton Howery Jr, the actor and comedian is known by his professional name, Lil Rel Howery. Howery got the nickname 'Lil Rel' because he reminded people of his cousin, Darrel. Thus the nickname 'Lil Rel' came about. Howrey grew up in Chicago, where he attended the Providence St Mel School and later went to Crane High School.
In high school, Howrey began writing jokes and created a script for a talent show. It was then that he decided to pursue comedy seriously. Howrey's TV debut came in 2007 when he was a part of 'Last Comic Standing,' a reality TV contest. He was also a part of 'P. Diddy Presents: The Bad Boys of Comedy' that same year. In 2012, he was a part of FOX's revival of the 'In Living Color,' a sketch from the 90s, along with five other comedians. Unfortunately, the show was canceled shortly after, in 2013.
His most popular role has been portraying Bobby Carmichael on NBC's 'The Carmichael Show.' He went on to star in the satirical horror film 'Get Out,' and won the 2017 Best Comedic Performance at the MTV Movie & TV Award for his acting chops. In 2018, Howery played the lead role in 'Rel,' a sitcom loosely based on his own life, where he played the lead. Fox picked up the series in 2018.
Howrey married Verina Robinson in 2008 and the couple has two children together. The couple got divorced in 2017. This aspect of his life found its way onscreen through 'Rel,' seeing that the sitcom borrowed from his own life experiences.
Net worth affected by alimony
Howrey's net worth currently stands at $2 million, as reported as Celebrity Net Worth. Once, as reported by Nicki Swift, a pizza delivery driver filed a $50,000 lawsuit against Howrey, after an altercation. He did not pay the plaintiff, saying "I'm not going to pay somebody for them whooping my (expletive)."
In another situation closer to home, his ex-wife Verina Robinson "filed paperwork seeking more child support to keep pace with Howery's current income." The claim came a year after the couple divorced in 2017.
Howrey spoke to the Chicago Tribune at the time, addressing the issue -- "It’s weird. It’s like money makes people do crazy things. And it’s sad, actually. Like you don’t change, but everybody else does. I worked really hard to get to where I’m at. I work really hard to make sure my babies are good," he said.
Catch Lil Rel Howery as gears up to host 'Small Fortune,' which premieres on Monday, May 31 at 10 pm ET/PT on NBC.