news breaks that Meredith Vieira is leaving the show at the end of this season, her eleventh.
I've been tepid about Meredith as a Millionaire host from the start. She always seemed like a dry news type to me, especially compared to Mr. Folksy Regis. Contestants raved about her warm and friendly personality, though, and she did keep the syndie going for a long, long time. So somebody out there liked her.
Meredith says she's got a nice gig at NBC and a YouTube project in the works. Millionaire's numbers have eroded over the years, but the producers will keep the show going for season number twelve. Which has naturally set off lots of speculation about Meredith's replacement. For a truly offbeat list of possibilities, try this.
I haven't the foggiest about who will step in. Various guest hosts have asked the questions, including Cat Deeley and (yes) Steve Harvey. The producers could try somebody completely new, but that's a huge risk with an aging franchise. We'll probably hear lots of rumors over the next several months.