This daytime talk show is ending after 31 seasons
One of the kings of daytime TV (and arguably the titan of trash TV) says goodbye. And if you can’t guess who it is, here’s a hint: some people will have to go back to good old-fashioned paternity tests to find out who the baby’s daddy really is.
Yes, folks, we have finally reached the end of this race for Maury Povich. This Sunday (March 20), news broke that Maury (originally called The Maury Povich Show) will be leaving the airwaves in September. Today’s show (via Yahoo! News) has confirmed reports that Maury’s 31st season will be its last, ending a series that began in 1991. And that ending is apparently extremely friendly, unlike some of the entries on our most popular list. major TV shows canceled.
In a statement, Povich wrote that he was ready to leave the long-running series six years ago and echoed his own. But, unsurprisingly, NBCUniversal didn’t want to let one of its most familiar and popular faces leave the airwaves. So, Povich renewed his contract and says he did so “out of loyalty to NBCUniversal and my 100+ employees and crew.” He ends things on a high note, saying “I’m so proud of my relationship with NBCUniversal and everyone who worked on the show ‘Maury’ but as I sometimes tell my guests on Maury, ‘That’s enough, already. !'”
Who knows what Povich will do next, but NBCUniversal Syndication Studios executive vice president Tracie Wilson said “we’re so glad he gets to spend more time on the golf course.” Maury’s show has run for over 3,600 episodes, and it will likely live on in syndication.
Analysis: The end of the daytime television era
This past year has been a tough time in daytime TV talk shows, as constant changes take place among the biggest names in the format.
We’ve known for a while that The Ellen Show is ending soon, and its finale will air long before Maury’s on May 26, 2022. She’s going big with a massive guest list: First Lady Michelle Obama, Jennifer Garner, Channing Tatum, Serena Williams, Zac Efron, Adam Levine, Behati Prinsloo, Gwen Stefani, David Letterman, Diane Keaton, Kim Kardashian and DeGeneres’ wife Portia de Rossi. As the series ends amid a fog of controversy around accusations of a toxic work culture, Degeneres positioned the cancellation as it moved forward and needed a new challenge.
How will TV channels fill the void? Sherri Shepherd will be the new host of a show in Williams’ old timeslot, on a show called Sherri, while Fox announced that The Jennifer Hudson Show be there soon.
Williams, however, is already talking about a return to television.