Maury Povich, popular daytime talk show host, retires after 31 years

Daytime talk show host Maury Povich is retiring after a 31-year career in television, with his final episode of “Maury” set to end in September, NBC Universal announced Monday.

“Even though I told them I was ready for assisted living, out of loyalty to NBCUniversal and my 100+ employees and crew, Tracie Wilson and I have agreed to another deal,” said Povich, according to at CNN. “I’m proud of my relationship with NBC Universal and everyone who worked on the ‘Maury’ show, but as I sometimes tell my guests on ‘Maury’, enough is enough,”

Povich had wanted to retire six years ago, but accepted the studio’s call to continue the show, CNN reported. He is the longest serving daytime talk show host in history.

The show, in its 24th season with NBCUniversal, is known for confirming paternity tests, relationship infidelities and teenage pregnancies, NPR reported. His show first launched in 1991 and was called “The Maury Povich Show”, before shortening the title in 1998.

“Maury and I decided two years ago that this season would be a farewell season for the show, and although his retirement will be bittersweet, we are so happy that he can spend more time on the ground of golf,” Tracie Wilson, executive vice president of NBC Universal Syndication Studios, said according to CNN. “Maury is a television icon, a pop culture legend and we couldn’t be more proud to be a part of his incredible career.”

The host was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment in 2017, but lost to The Ellen DeGeneres Show, NPR reported. (RELATED: Maury wants to tell Rachel Dolezal who her daddy really is)

He first started his career as a radio journalist in Washington, DC, before becoming a co-anchor of the CBS affiliate in Los Angeles. He then became the host of “A Current Affair” from 1986 to 1990.

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