STAR officials in India have confirmed that ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’, which ended abruptly earlier this year will be making a return in 2007.

The programme went off air because of host Amitabh Bachchan falling ill late last year.

“KBC will be back in its third season next year. We are still working out the details in terms of schedule, timings etc,” STAR TV CEO Sameer Nair told reporters.

The dates for the shoots are being worked out with Amitabh Bachchan, Nair said adding there was no question of replacing the superstar as anchor.

“The show and its anchor have become synonymous and there is no question of bringing out season three with any one else,” Nair said.

Admitting that the network had sufferred “considerable losses” due to the abrupt end of the show following Bachchan’s sudden illness last year, he said “We still have 24 episodes remaining from season two as per the contract. But we thought since his original schedule has been hampered, we would wait till he completes all his commitments and then talk to him.”