Long Beach Sign Language interpreter to be ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ contestant

A Long Beach resident who has been an American Sign Language interpreter for Mayor Eric Garcetti and other Los Angeles-area officials will be the “frontline hero” contestant on tonight’s “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” episode airing at 9 p.m. on ABC.

Rorri Burton is also the founder of Pro Bono ASL, which bills itself as a diverse group of deaf and hearing, LGBTQ and trilingual American Sign Language interpreters providing both paid professional and volunteer interpreters in person and virtually.

In its second season with Jimmy Kimmel as host, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” has added what it bills as frontline heroes as contestants, fulfilling a desire by producers to give back to those affected by the pandemic.

Each episode will include a frontline hero, including a firefighter, nurse, food truck owner and therapist.

Kimmel’s first season as host, which ran from April 8 to June 4, consisted only of celebrities playing for charities.

Chef David Chang will be tonight’s celebrity contestant, playing for the Southern Smoke Foundation, which provides funding to individuals in the food and beverage industry who are in crisis.

Restaurants owned by Chang include Majordomo, which features noodles, meat and fish dishes in an industrial-chic space in Chinatown.

The episode can be viewed on demand and on Hulu beginning Monday.

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