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Meredith Vieira departing 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' after 11 seasons

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Meredith Viera.

Former TODAY host 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.

Vieira, a nine-time Emmy winner, served as TODAY host with Matt Lauer from 2006 to 2011. She also served as one of the hosts for NBC's coverage of the summer 2012 Olympics.

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.


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