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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Canceled After 17 Years in Syndication

No more lifelines, I guess?

Lindsay MacDonald

Looks like Who Wants to Be a Millionairehas finally run out of lifelines.

Variety reports that after 20 seasons and over 3,000 episodes, the iconic series has finally been canceled. "After a successful 17-year run, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire will not return in national syndication for the 2019-20 season," a show spokesperson told Variety.

This Regis Philbin-hosted question-and-answer show became a national hit, and eventually a cultural centerpiece for broadcast television, when it premiered in 1999. Meredith Vieira took over as host when it switched from primetime to syndication, and she was followed by other celebs like Cedric the Entertainer, Terry Crews, and Chris Harrison. While most contestants didn't manage to answer the complete roster of trivia questions (even with lifelines like "50:50," "Ask the Audience," and "Phone-a-Friend"), there have been a total of 12 people to answer the "Million Dollar Question" correctly and take home the grand prize.

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When you think about how much money the show has had to give away over the years, it's a little less surprising that it's is coming to an end, right?

Regis Philbin, Who Wants to Be A Millionaire

Regis Philbin, Who Wants to Be A Millionaire

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