Meredith Vieira leaving 'Who Wants To Be a Millionaire,' report says
Meredith Vieira is leaving "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" after 11 years of serving as the host of the syndicated game show, a report says.
The Associated Press quoted the 59-year-old as saying she was exiting because she wanted to pursue other ventures, including more work at NBC News. Vieira left her job as a co-host on the network's "Today" show in June 2011 after five years but remained a contributor and hosted the "White House Christmas: First Families Remember" special in December.
Vieira's spokesperson and ABC had no immediate comment. The Associated Press also quoted an executive familiar with her plans as saying the TV host plans to launch her own YouTube video channel with "stories on people's lives."
Vieira has her own production company, Meredith Vieira Productions. The firm has made projects such as the 2012 documentary "The Woman Who Wasn't There," which is about a 9/11 survivor, and the 2011 film "Return," which stars Linda Cardellini as a soldier who struggles to maintain a normal life after returning from a tour of duty.
The "Today" show's ratings have fallen since Vieira's departure and following another shakeup in casting -- Ann Curry replaced her but then departed the show after a year, which stirred anger among many viewers and led to an online backlash.