After 11 years of hosting Who Wants To Be a Millionaire, Meredith Vieira will vacate her duties on the popular, syndicated game show. The View's former moderator and ex-Today show host will continue on with the show until the end of the season when a new host will take over.
In a released statement, a Disney/ABC spokeswoman said:
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.
Ten years after her first stint on General Hospital, Meredith Vieira is back. TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan spoke with the former co-host of The View and The Today Show to get the skinny on what her character Bree Flanders will be up to when she hits Port Charles on Dec. 14.
TV Guide Magazine: You were such a hoot as Bree. What's become of our girl?
Vieira: Well, she's no longer providing comfort to men! Lynn Herring returns to the show as Lucy Coe [also Friday] and it turns out Bree is her senior vp of marketing at CoeCoe Cosmetics. Sabrina and Felix are desperately trying to get a meeting with Lucy but first they have to go through me. [Laughs] But, really, not much has changed for Bree. Prostitution. Makeup. Hey, it's all sales.
One of America's favorite talking heads is on her way back to Port Charles. Former Today and The View co-host Meredith Vieira will be checking back into General Hospital later this season. Here's what she dished to TV Guide's Michael Logan in regards to her upcoming, 50th Anniversary tie-in trip to Port Chuck:
"We have stars from GH playing Millionaire later this season, then I'll go over there to do a role. The last time I did GH was 10 years ago. They had me playing a whorehouse madam! [Laughs] God only know what they'll do to me this time!" READ MORE
The cast and crew of NBC’s No. 1 rated morning show, The Today Show, wished Meredith Vieira an emotional farewell on Wednesday in New York City. Vieira joined Today when Katie Couric left in 2006 to anchor the CBS Evening News. Watch clips from Today’s farewell for Vieira after the jump!
If Katie Couric’s departure from CBS was Hollywood’s worst kept secret, then Meredith Vieira’s intention to leave The Today Show was a close second. Vieira announced her decision to leave Today in June, this morning.
“After months of personal reflection and private conversations between my family and my friends, I’ve decided to leave Today in June.”
After Vieira revealed her decision, Matt Lauer announced Ann Curry will be joining him as co-host. After speaking poignantly to Meredith, Curry revealed Natalie Morales will replace her as newsreader. Watch the clip after the jump! READ MORE
It looks as if Meredith Vieira may be able to sleep in a bit later in the morning very soon. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Vieira will leave The Today Show in June. Reportedly, Ann Curry will replace Vieira as Matt Lauer’s co-host on the No. 1 rated morning show. the announcement could come down as soon as next week.
By elevating Curry and Morales, Today executives have the benefit of personalities who are familiar to viewers at a time of pronounced tumult in television news in general.