NEW YORK (AP) — Veteran daytime talk show host Maury Povich is retiring, with the final original episodes of “Maury” set to air in September after 31 years on the air.
NBC Universal confirmed the impending exit of Povich, 83, on Monday. However, the old episodes are likely to live on in one form or another, with the company claiming that “the series contains thousands of lively, entertaining, and dramatic episodes that will continue to be a daytime hit for years to come.”
“I’m so 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,” he said. .
His show hit a successful formula many years ago and sticks to this: using tests to reveal, on air, the father of babies whose paternity is in question or lie detectors to see whether a spouse is cheating or not.
It wasn’t high-profile entertainment, but it was popular enough that Povich built a devoted following among viewers young enough to be his grandchildren.
Povich was a television journalist before moving into the world of talk shows, starting in Washington, where his father, Shirley, was a well-known sportscaster. He anchored local news shows in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Philadelphia. For a time in Los Angeles, his co-anchor was journalist Connie Chung, whom he married in 1984.
In 1986, he was the inaugural presenter of the entertainment news program, “A Current Affair”, and started “The Maury Povich Show” for Paramount in 1991. He moved to NBC Universal in 1998, shortening the name to the show.
“Maury and I decided two years ago that this season would be the 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,” said Tracie Wilson, executive vice president, NBC Universal Syndication Studios.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether NBC Universal would try to launch a similarly themed show or simply edit Povich’s reruns: “Judge Judy” is still a popular daytime show even though it’s no longer producing original episodes.
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