Daytime Talk Show ‘Maury’ Will Finally Come To An End After 30 Years
If it seems like a lot of talk shows are ending this year, you’re right. We’ve finally wrapped our minds around the fact that “The Ellen Show” is going off the air, and now we have to face a new reality – the daytime talk show “Maury” is also ending this year.
After working as a news reporter at multiple news stations across the country, Maury Povich branched out to hosting the show “A Current Affair” in 1986. Four years later, in 1990, he launched his own show, “The Maury Povich Show.”
The first seven season of “The Maury Povich Show” were produced at Paramount Domestic Television. Then the show moved to NBCUniversal. While the content (paternity test reveals and family drama) remained the same, the name was shortened to simply “Maury.”
“Maury” has been airing on NBC ever since. In fact, it is the longest running daytime talk show in history. Now Povich is retiring.
Six years ago, Povich was ready to retire; however NBCUniversal talked him into renewing his contract for a few more years. Povich explained, “Six years ago when I was ready to retire, my 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, Tracie Wilson and I agreed to one more deal. 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!’”
Tracie Wilson is the executive vice president of NBCUniversal Syndication Studios. She knew Povich was ready to retire and has come to accept that. Wilson explained, “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.”
Watch the video below to learn more about the end of the longest running daytime talk show in history and what you can expect after the show stops production.