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'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'


Who Wants to Be a Millionaire first hit North America in 1999, becoming a huge success in prime time. The game show is now a staple in syndication, continuing to draw a faithful audience every weekday. It's a smart quizzer that combines challenging questions with artful game play, giving each contestant the chance to become a game show millionaire.

Be a Contestant on 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'

Millionaire contestant Nancy Christy
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If you've ever wanted to sit in the hot seat and try your hand at Millionaire, here's how to get the application process going.

Meet the Host, Meredith Vieira

Meredith Vieira, host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
courtesy Valleycrest Productions Ltd.

The host of the daily syndicated version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is Meredith Vieira. She brings both professionalism and warmth to the hosting chair, making her one of the most popular female game show hosts of all time.

Get Free Audience Tickets

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire contestant Brianne Sherman
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Want to see how a taping of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire works? You can get free audience tickets for the show, which tapes in New York City.

The 'Millionaire' Lifelines

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Contestants playing Who Wants to Be a Millionaire are able to take advantage of the various lifelines on offer. The most popular lifeline, Phone-A-Friend, was discontinued in 2010. Here are the main lifelines and how they work.

10th Anniversary Prime Time Special

Regis Philbin hosts Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Courtesy ABC

For two weeks in the summer of 2009, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire returned to prime time, with Regis Philbin at the helm, to celebrate ten years of great gaming. Celebrities were invited to answer a single question at the end of each episode to raise money for charity.

The Tournament of Ten

Sam Murray wins the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Tournament of Ten
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Following the success of the 10th Anniversary special, Millionaire tried another event. This one was called the Tournament of Ten, and invited the ten top-seeded contestants from the current season to return and face their million dollar questions.

'Millionaire' Guest Hosts and Celebrity Guests

Cat Deely guest hosts Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Courtesy Valleycrest Productions Ltd.

Every once in a while, Meredith Vieira needs a vacation. These weeks can be fun for Millionaire fans as guest hosts take over the show and give us something a little different. Other weeks have special themes and celebrities popping by, with varying results for the contestants.

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