It is fathers’ day no more: “Maury,” the talk show that made paternity results a daily entertainment staple, is coming to an end after 31 years.
People confirmed the cancellation, as first reported by Broadcasting+Cable, noting that new episodes will air through September and that the show will live on via syndicated reruns after that.
Host Maury Povich, 83, later said in a statement obtained by People, “Six years ago when I was ready to retire, the NBCUniversal family asked me to continue the show. Even though I told them I was ready for assisted living, out of loyalty to NBCUniversal and my more than 100 staff and crew members, [Executive Vice President of NBCUniversal Syndication Studios] Tracie Wilson and I agreed to one more deal.”
He continued, “I’m so proud of my relationship with NBCUniversal and all those who worked on the Maury show, but as I occasionally tell my guests on ‘Maury,’ ‘Enough, already!'”
It is the latest shake-up in the talk space, with “The Wendy Williams Show” coming to a tumultuous close after a dozen years (with a Sherri Shepherd talk show expected to take its place) and Nick Cannon’s talker ending after just one season.
“Queer Eye’s” Karamo Brown is set to host his own, self-titled talk show, which Broadcasting+Cable reports will bow on The CW affiliates and others this fall. “Maury’s” EP Paul Faulhaber is reportedly producing.
Povich’s conflict-driven series first aired in 1991 under the title “The Maury Povich Show,” coming to be known as simply “Maury” in 1998. It has been a pop cultural touchstone, and in 2021 produced a full-length mock episode featuring Lil Nas X.
As for Maury, the 83-year-old, who has been married to Connie Chung since 1984, has yet to comment on his show’s fate