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Meredith Vieira (born December 30, 1953 in Providence, Rhode Island) is an American journalist, television presenter and former game show host. She is best known for her role as moderator on ABC's The View (1997-2006), as co-host of NBC's Today (2006-2011), and host of the first eleven syndicated seasons of the American version of the popular quiz show Who Wants to be a Millionaire?.[1] She also hosted her own short-lived talk show from 2014-2015. She is the first woman to host Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

While also being the co-host of Today, several guest hosts filled in for her on Millionaire. Some of these guests hosts include Regis Philbin, Al Roker, Tom Bergeron, Tim Vincent, Dave Price, Billy Bush, Leeza Gibbons, Cat Deeley, Samantha Harris, Shaun Robinson, Steve Harvey, John Henson, Sherri Shepherd, Tim Gunn, and D. L. Hughley.

Vieira has won two Daytime Emmy Awards for “Outstanding Game Show Host” for hosting Millionaire in 2005 and 2009.[2]

Before hosting the show, she appeared as a contestant on the celebrity edition of the primetime version of the show and won $250,000. She also appeared on the 10th Anniversary Primetime Celebration to take over as host without switching seats while Regis Philbin played a question for $50,000.

She also appeared on the 1999 Celebrity Jeopardy! week, finishing second in her game and winning $10,000 for charity.


Fastest Finger Question

Fastest Finger Question
Put these names in alphabetical order.
• A: Eve • B: Paul
• C: Regis • D: Meredith
There were only 2 contestants remaining (Paul Rodriguez being the other), and Meredith was the only one to get the correct order: A-D-B-C, in exactly 20 seconds.

Meredith's Run to the Million

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
If you like someone right away, it is said that you have "taken a" what "to him"?
• A: Gloss • B: Shine
• C: Glare • D: Can of Reddi-win
$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
A resident of a small town is said to be a "local" what?
• A: Yogurt • B: Yam
• C: Yokel • D: Yoko Ono
$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
A Brillo Pad is commonly used to do what?
• A: Mop the floor • B: Clean pots and pans
• C: Heat food • D: Exfoliate
$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
On a standard hopscotch surface, what is usually drawn inside each square?
• A: Letter • B: Number
• C: Star • D: Stick figure
$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these contractions is considered to be improper English?
• A: Don't • B: Ain't
• C: Won't • D: Can't
$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following gems is often classified as either natural or cultured?
• A: Pearl • B: Emerald
• C: Ruby • D: Diamond
$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these crops is most likely to be harvested using a combine?
• A: Cabbage • B: Wheat
• C: Grapes • D: Apples
$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Known for its artist community, the town of Taos is located in what U.S. state?
• A: Arizona • B: Oregon
• C: Colorado • D: New Mexico
$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
In his 1998 song "Hard Knock Life," Jay-Z samples a song from what Broadway musical?
• A: A Chorus Line • B: 42nd Street
• C: Annie • D: West Side Story
$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
On the TV series "Crossing Jordan," what is the title character's occupation?
• A: Defense attorney • B: Child psychologist
• C: Private investigator • D: Medical examiner
$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
What dinosaur gets its name from the Latin words meaning "swift robber"?
• A: Triceratops • B: Stegosaurus
• C: Velociraptor • D: Tyrannosaurus
$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
In 1977, Janet Guthrie became the first woman to compete in what sporting event?
• A: America's Cup • B: Kentucky Derby
• C: Indy 500 • D: Boston Marathon
$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the dot over the letter "i" called?
"Phone-a-Friend" and "50:50" lifelines used.
• A: Abb • B: Tittle
• C: Dation • D: Blip
Meredith used her Phone-a-Friend to call Lou, who said it was B, but was not exactly sure. She then used her 50:50, which removed C and D, still leaving B. Eventually, Meredith decided to go with Lou and got it right.
$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
In Dante's "Inferno," which of these characters does not appear in one of the circles of Hell?
"Ask the Audience" lifeline used.
• A: King Herod • B: Ulysses
• C: Cleopatra • D: Plato
Ask the Audience Results: A: 14% • B: 15% • C: 42% • D: 29%
Meredith did not know the answer, so she used her Ask the Audience lifeline. However, the results were too spread out, so Meredith decided to walk away with $250,000. The correct answer was A: King Herod.

Total Prize Money: $250,000


Meredith on Jeopardy!


Preceded by
Regis Philbin
U.S. Hosts
Meredith Vieira
Succeeded by
Cedric the Entertainer
Preceded by
U.S. Contestants
Meredith Vieira
Succeeded by
Paul Rodriguez