Meredith Vieira leaving syndicated ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’

By Daniel S Levine,

TV personality Meredith Vieira is leaving the syndicated version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

According to Deadline, the former Today Show anchor had been hosting the syndicated version of the popular quiz show since 2002. She was first offered the gig while ABC was renegotiating with her to stay on The View, which she co-hosted for nine years before joining NBC. Even after she went to the other network, she continued to host the show.

During her tenure, the show earned Daytime Emmy Awards in 2005 and 2009.

“It's the final year of Meredith's contract. She has chosen to move on and pursue other opportunities. We are searching for a new host,” a Disney/ABC TV Group spokeswoman confirmed to Reuters.

ABC does hope to keep the series going and is reportedly looking for a new host.

Vieira began her relationship with the show as a celebrity contestant when Regis Philbin was hosting the primetime version. She will continue filming new episodes through May, which will then be followed by repeats over the summer.

Vieira is currently a special correspondent for NBC News and co-hosted the network’s broadcast of the London 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremonies.

Millionaire is best known for the line "Is that your final answer?"

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