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Don Francisco to Return to TV In Telemundo Deal

Mario Kreutzberger, 67, better known as Don Francisco, speaks during the taping of his TV show Sabado Gigante in Miami in 2008.
Mario Kreutzberger, 67, better known as Don Francisco, speaks during the taping of his TV show Sabado Gigante in Miami in 2008. Alan Diaz / AP
File photo: at left, Cesar Conde, chairman of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises and NBCUniversal International Group, with "Don Francisco" Mario Kreutzberger.
File photo: at left, Cesar Conde, chairman of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises and NBCUniversal International Group, with "Don Francisco" Mario Kreutzberger.

Don Francisco, known by legions of fans for hosting "Sábado Gigante," signed a multi-year deal with Telemundo to produce content for Latino and international Hispanic audiences.

Don Francisco, whose legal name is Mario Kreutzberger, will bring his 50-plus years of TV experience back to the airwaves. He will work as a producer, also appearing on Telemundo as a special news correspondent conducting high-profile interviews.

"We are very proud that he has decided to join the Telemundo family," said Cesar Conde, Chairman, NBCUniversal Telemundo and NBCUniversal International Enterprises Group. "His numerous contributions to our community, his extensive experience as an entertainment innovator and his unique ability to connect with world leaders reinforce our commitment to continue transforming the world of media."

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"I am extremely happy with this opportunity NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is giving me," Francisco said in a statement, adding that Telemundo has taken "pasos gigantes" (giant steps) through its vision and commitment.

Don Francisco had announced his retirement from television in September 2015, but on Monday confirmed his return.

The story originally appeared on Telemundo.

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