NEW YORK – Veteran daytime talk show host Maury Povich is retiring, with the final original episodes of “Maury” airing in September after 31 years on the air.
NBC Universal on Monday confirmed 83-year-old Povich’s impending departure. However, old episodes will likely live on in some form, as the company says “the show has thousands of lively, entertaining, and dramatic episodes that will continue to be daytime hits 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 occasionally tell my guests on ‘Maury,’ that’s enough,” he said.
His show stumbled upon a winning formula many years ago and has stuck with it: tests to reveal the father of babies where paternity is questioned, or polygraphs to see if a spouse is cheating or not.
It wasn’t high-profile entertainment, but it was popular enough for Povich to develop a loyal audience among viewers young enough to be his grandchildren.
Povich was a television journalist before entering the world of talk shows, beginning in Washington, where his father, Shirley, was a well-known sportswriter. He has hosted local news programs in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Philadelphia. For a while in Los Angeles, his co-anchor was journalist Connie Chung, whom he married in 1984.
In 1986 he was the first anchor of the entertainment news program “A Current Affair” and in 1991 he began “The Maury Povich Show” for Paramount. In 1998, she moved to NBC Universal and shortened the show’s name.
“Maury and I decided two years ago that this season would be the show’s farewell season, and while his retirement is bittersweet, we’re so pleased he gets to spend more time on the golf course,” said Tracie Wilson. Executive Vice President, NBC Universal Syndication Studios.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether NBC Universal would attempt to launch a similarly-themed show or simply ride Povich’s reruns: “Judge Judy” is still a popular daytime show, despite no longer producing original episodes.