Meredith Vieira is departing the syndicated version of quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Vieira has been the host of the syndicated Millionaire since its launch in 2002. This is the final year of Vieira’s current contract and, after 11 years, she’s decided to move on and do other things. Search is underway for a new host.
ABC originally offered Vieira the Millionaire gig to sweeten one of her renegotiations for the network’s The View, which Vieira co-hosted for 9 years. Even after Vieira left The View for NBC’s The Today Show in 2006, she continued to host Disney-ABC’s Millionaire, which earned her two Daytime Emmy Awards in 2005 and 2009.
Vieira has already wrapped the current season of Millionaire, which tapes in advance. The show will continue to air Vieira-hosted originals through May and repeats through the summer after which it will introduce a new host. Vieira started off as a celebrity contestant on the primetime version of Millionaire on ABC hosted by Regis Philbin before taking his chair on the syndicated series.