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"Millionaire" Buys Vieira As Host

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May 07, 2002 | 9:39am EDT

Meredith Vieira is about to find out just how big Regis' shoe size is.

That's because Vieira, a co-host of ABC's talk show The View, is about to step into the host seat of the syndicated version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, pulling double duty much as Regis Philbin has done.

Regis hosts both the primetime version of Millionaire and his morning talk show Live with Regis and Kelly.

CBS, which wanted Vieira to host The Early Show when Bryant Gumbel steps down, apparently lost a bidding war with the alphabet network, The Associated Press reports. ABC, though, had the inside track: Both Vieira's current show, The View, and her new show, Millionaire, are produced by Buena Vista Television, ABC's production arm.

No word yet on whether Vieira's signing with Millionaire will make her one.

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