Meredith Vieira isn't planning on hanging up her earrings despite stepping down as host of 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.' The host and personality has signed on to film a pilot for an NBCU daytime talk show which would be released in fall of 2014.
Vieira, who also acted as executive producer on 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?' from 2005 through to 2013, has appeared as a host and interviewer on 'The View,' 'Today,' 'Piers Morgan Tonight' and 'Ellen: The Ellen Degeneres Show.' Viera also used to host 'Entertainment Tonight' and had a guest hosting stint on 'The Rosie O'Donnell Show' in 2002; she's a very busy woman to say the least. Vieira is now set to film the pilot for a syndicated talk show for NBCUniversal distribution, which would be a major contender in the ratings market come 2014.
Vieira hosted 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?' for a whopping eleven years; after it was announced she would be leaving the program, there was much speculation on her future. Now it seems Vieira will be following in the footsteps of her 'Today' co-stars Jane Pauley and Katie Couric--however reportedly, Vieira's talk show will be much lighter, funnier and warmer than Pauley or Couric's offerings. This tone should suit Vieira nicely, who just spent eleven years relaxing and joking with tense, nervous contestants on 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'
Jeff Probst's daytime show 'Jeff Probst' is not being renewed by NBCU, leaving a hole in their programming that could naturally be filled by Vieira's offering. No word yet on what the show would be called. We'll have more details on this new project as it develops.