Meredith Vieira to leave 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire'

Meredith-Vieira

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Meredith Vieira will not renew her contract to host ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

A spokesperson from ABC parent Disney confirmed that they have shot all of the shows for this season with Vieira, which will air through the end of May. During the summer, they will air repeats in preparation for a new season this coming fall. There are no reports yet on who the new host might be. Reuters first reported the news.

Vieira took over as host of the syndicated version of the popular game show in 2002, for which she won two Daytime Emmys as Outstanding Game Host. This was her eleventh season hosting Millionaire. She was also an executive producer on the program.

During Vieira’s eighth season, she appeared on the 10th Anniversary broadcast of the primetime show where she put Regis Philbin in the hot spot. Watch the clip below.

TV Guide reports that her departure is tied to her plan to launch her own YouTube channel. Vieira’s agent was unavailable for comment.

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