A TV show that has been on the air for 17 years and has televised almost 3,000 episodes has been canceled. Variety reports that the syndicated game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” is ending.
The report quotes a spokesperson for the show saying: “After a successful 17-year run, ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ will not return in national syndication for the 2019-20 season.”
The show originated in 1999 as a wildly successful prime-time program on ABC, where it was hosted by Regis Philbin and became a cultural phenomenon, airing more than 300 episodes on the network. The program moved to syndication in 2002.
“After the show went into syndication, Meredith Vieira took over as host until 2013,” Variety notes. “Since then, it has been hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, Terry Crews, and Chris Harrison, the last of whom currently hosts the series.”