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Who Wants To Be A Millionaire set to end after 15 years

Chris Tarrant says he has 'loved every minute' of his time hosting the popular quiz show Photo: ITV/PA Wire

ITV quiz show Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? is set to end after 15 years following host Chris Tarrant's decision to leave.

The 67-year-old, who has fronted the show since it launched in 1998, said it was "time to take a break".

It's been a huge part of my life for fifteen years and I've loved every minute of it, but it is time for me to move on from Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

It's been the most remarkable journey and I consider myself very fortunate to have been associated with Millionaire from its inception.

I am privileged to have been a part of it, but do now feel that it is time for me to call it a day.

I've worked ridiculously hard these last few years and, to quote myself, 'it's time to take a break'.

– Chris Tarrant

The show was the first to offer viewers a chance to win a prize of £1 million, though only five UK millionaires have been created - the first being Judith Keppel in November 2000.

Around £51 million has been won by members of the British public, not including the cash won for charity in celebrity specials.

More than 1,200 people have gone home with a prize on the UK version of the show - the youngest being 16 and the oldest 75.

Judith Keppel, pictured receiving a kiss from Chris Tarrant, was the first contestant to scoop the £1 million prize Credit: Peter Jordan/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The show has been broadcast in 120 territories around the world including Kazakhstan, Israel, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, and has been made in 83 different languages.

It also inspired the blockbuster film 'Slumdog Millionaire'.

The show has not been without controversy, however.

In 2001 contestant Charles Ingram had his £1 million pound prize suspended when he was accused of having accomplices in the audience coughing to help him win.

He received a suspended sentence in 2003 for a deception offence.

ITV has said there will be no further specials beyond the ones which have already been planned.