Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?

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A screenshot from the current United States version of the show

Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? is a British television game show that has been imported to many countries. In Britain, it is hosted by Chris Tarrant.

The United States version was originally hosted in primetime by personality Regis Philbin. It was brought back into syndication and was hosted by Meredith Vieira, Cedric the Entertainer, Terry Crews, and currently is hosted by The Bachelor host Chris Harrison.

The contestants originally climbed a money ladder to win a million dollars, though the format has been constantly changed. A later format involves the first round which consists of ten questions of random difficulty and randomized amounts of money that do not match difficulty, and the amounts will only be revealed after a question is answered correctly or "jumped". The money is added into the bank if added correctly, and removed from play if the player uses one of his two "Jump the Question" lifelines. If a player walks in the first round, he may only keep half of what is banked. After all ten questions have been answered, the player makes it into the second round where he may keep his entire bank and answer four more questions to possibly win a million dollars. If the $100,000 question is answered correctly, it is into the bank and play continues that way. The player may walk if he does not know the answer and keep that money.

The original format was simply a money ladder with escalating amounts and difficulty of questions, with two safe landmark amounts which varied as the show progressed, being $1,000 after five questions and $32,000 in the original primetime game. The current format is a variant of the original money ladder formula with only fourteen questions and the "phone a friend" lifeline replaced by +1, where for one question the contestant's companion will assist with that question on stage.