Vieira is leaving "Millionaire" after 11 years hosting the television game show; she replaced original host Regis Philbin in 2002. Emmy Award-winning game show host Meredith Vieira made the surprising announcement on Jan 10, 2013. She said she is leaving "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" to pursue other interests. Those interests include her work at NBC News and her own YouTube channel where she will explore people's lives.
According to The Huffington Post, an unnamed source disclosed the information that Vieira is leaving "Millionaire." This individual reportedly wished to remain anonymous because Vieira's plans have not been officially announced.
The 59-year-old Rhode Island native has been married to Richard M. Cohen since 1986. The couple has three children. She began her game show career as a celebrity contestant on "Millionaire" when it was still hosted by Philbin. She won $250,000 for her charity and went on to host the show.
Vieira is leaving "Millionaire," but her 14th season has already been taped. She finalized the taping of the show in November 2012.