Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? is a television game show which offers a maximum cash prize of one million dollars for correctly answering successive multiple-choice questions of increasing difficulty. The show was hosted by Regis Philbin from 1999 to 2002 and is currently hosted by Meredith Vieira.
On November 14, 2000, Kermit the Frog appeared sitting with Alec Baldwin in the audience of the celebrity edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? as a guest of Jon Stewart. Other celebrities on the episode included Drew Carey (host of Whose Line Is It Anyway?), Tyra Banks, Sean Combs, Joy Behar (host of The View), Norm MacDonald, Vivica A. Fox, Jon Lovitz and Charlie Sheen who uses Michael J. Fox as his "phone a friend."
After Stewart walked away with $125,000 for the Alzheimer's Association, Drew Carey took a question about The Muppet Movie (pictured). Kermit alluded to helping without actually giving Carey any information about the answer, which he got right. Kermit later helps Charlie Sheen with a question about amphibians and Jon Lovitz with a question about the soft drink Sprite.
Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and other television game shows are spoofed in the book Elmo's Breakfast Bingo.
- Jeff Bawksworthy was the correct answer to a $1,000 question on the August 11, 2009 10th anniversary primetime airing with Regis Philbin. The contestant faced with the question used his Phone a Friend lifeline call his wife, but ultimately rejected his wife's answer of "Howie Hendel."
- Sesame Street was mentioned again on a question on the August 18, 2009 primetime airing. This time, the question concerned the program's take on the story The Gift of the Magi. With the help of the Ask the Audience lifeline, the contestant was able to correctly answer that Ernie traded in his Rubber Duckie for a cigar box for Bert's paper clip collection in the special Christmas Eve on Sesame Street.