Maury Povich, the daytime host for the famed NBC Universal show “Maury,” announced he is retiring after 31 years on the air.
Povich announced his decision on Monday and provided a statement saying, “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!'”
Povich has become a nationally recognized figure, and his top-rated show has enjoyed immense popularity on American television for years.
End of an incredible career
Tracie Wilson, executive vice president at NBC Universal Syndication Studios, responded to the announcement saying, “Maury and I decided two years ago that this season would be the farewell season for the show, and while his retirement is bittersweet, we are so happy for him to be able to spend more time on the golf course.”
The formula for Povich’s famous show was a simple one. He would conduct interviews with troubled couples and end by revealing paternity tests in episodes that often devolved into intense drama and emotion.
The simple concept worked wonders, and now Povich is a national icon that could be recognized anywhere.
Povich’s time on television began way back in the early ’80s. Povich anchored local news channels in major American cities from San Francisco to Philadelphia.
Fast forward to the present day, and Povich is now the longest-running daytime talk show host in American television history.
Of course, the ride isn’t over for Povich’s biggest fans. Original episodes of “Maury” will continue to air through September as the show wraps up its final season.
End of an era
For many, the end of “Maury” will be the end of an era as American television continues to evolve and modernize.
Shows like “Maury” have been the staple of American television for multiple generations of Americans, and nothing will be the same with icons like Maury Povich retiring.
It is possible that NBC Universal will look into launching a new show to target Povich’s old audience, but nothing is certain. Hopefully, Povich has a long and enjoyable retirement after working so hard to entertain Americans for decades.