Jan 10 Television personality Meredith Vieira is
leaving the U.S. version of the quiz show "Who Wants to Be a
Millionaire" after 11 seasons.
"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," said a spokeswoman for Disney/ABC Television Group.
Vieira will remain on the air for new episodes through May
and on repeats that will play over the summer before a new host
takes over in the fall, the spokeswoman said.
The international quiz show of British origin gave rise to
the popular culture question "Is that your final answer?" and
was the basis for the 2008 film "Slumdog Millionaire," which won
a best picture Oscar.
Vieira, a nine-time Emmy winner, may be best-known as host
of "Today," the highly rated morning show on NBC, from 2006 to
2011. Before that she was a host on ABC's daytime show "The