June 8, 2001 -- ABC's popular game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire could soon be franchised into a daytime version. Executive producer Michael Davies confirmed to the New York Daily News that he was talking with Buena Vista Television executives about expanding the show into daylight hours.
"I've always thought that taking Millionaire into syndication was an inevitable, natural progression for the show," Davies told the paper. "I wish it would have happened a year ago."
Davies noted that specifics such as when the show would launch and how it would look have yet to be determined.
New Job For Rosie?
One such detail would be who would host the spin-off. Rumors have been circulating that talk show host — and enthusiastic former Millionaire contestant — Rosie O'Donnell is in the running, which is not such a far-flung possibility, given that she's a big fan of the quiz show and is quitting her talk show after next season.
An O'Donnell spokeswoman denied the report, and Buena Vista representatives wouldn't comment to the News on the story.
The paper also reports that Regis questioned O'Donnell Thursday about her interest in the gig. O'Donnell told the News, "That's what I read, but nobody has called me. I don't think that's true, no." She added, "I'd be the worst host," because she'd want to help contestants get the right answer.
For his part, Regis doesn't think a shortened version of the hour-long program could work. "It would have to be a half-hour show, and we did that in the beginning, and it was almost too abbreviated, too truncated."
Is that your final answer, Reege?