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Meredith Vieira out as ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ host

Meredith Vieira (© Brendan McDermid / Reuters/REUTERS)

Former “Today” co-anchor Meredith Vieira is saying farewell to her hosting gig at “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” and will soon be focusing on a new role at NBC.

Vieira hosted the daytime syndicated version of the hugely popular ABC game show for 11 seasons. She started at the show, produced by Disney-ABC Domestic Television, while also serving as moderator on ABC talker “The View.”

“It’s the final year of Meredith’s contract,” said a spokesperson for Disney/ABC Television Group. “She has chosen to move on and pursue other opportunities.”

“Millionaire” is searching for a new host, the spokesperson added.

In a statement given to the New York Times, Vieira said she is embarking on a new “adventure” with NBC, along with a new digital venture. Vieira has served as a special correspondent for NBC since she left her “Today” post in June 2011, and has helped with everything from coverage of the royal wedding to the Olympics.

“Millionaire” — airing in Washington on WJLA at 12:30 p.m. on weekdays — has already finished filming for the season, which wraps in May. The show will shift into repeats over the summer, as usual, and return with a new host for Season 12 in the fall.

Emily Yahr covers pop culture and entertainment for the Post. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyYahr.



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