‘Maury’ to End Production After 31 Seasons on TV

Maury Show (Credit: NBCU)

After years of revealing “you are NOT the father,” Maury is ending its run.

The syndicated tabloid talk show will cease production after its current 31st season, when 83-year-old host Maury Povich retires, NBCUniversal announced Sunday.

“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,” Tracie Wilson, executive vice president of NBCUniversal Syndication Studios, said in a statement. “Maury is a television icon, a pop culture legend and we couldn’t be more proud to have been a part of his incredible career.”

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The series launched in 1991 as The Maury Povich Show from MoPo Productions and Paramount Domestic Television. When Studios USA (later acquired by NBCUniversal) took over production in 1998, the show was renamed Maury.

Now after 31 seasons, Povich is the longest-running daytime talk show host in broadcast TV history.

“Six years ago when I was ready to retire, my NBCUniversal family asked me to continue the show,” Povich said. “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!'”

The Maury show was known for helping to catch cheaters and liars with paternity tests and lie detector tests, then revealing the results on TV.

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While the series will stop airing new episodes in September, NBCUniversal says thousands of classic episodes “will continue to be successful in daytime for years to come.”

Maury is executive produced by Paul Faulhaber, distributed in national syndication by Syndication Studios and produced by Stamford Media Center Productions, the same production team behind NBCU’s The Steve Wilkos Show, The Jerry Springer Show, and Judge Jerry. Earlier this month, Judge Jerry was canceled after three seasons.

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