Maury Povich Ending Television Show Era

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Source: The Maury Povich Show

After a whopping 31 seasons of paternity test drama, Maury Povich is ending his iconic Maury daytime show and retiring.

According to Variety, Povich is the longest-running daytime talk host in television history, originally launching The Maury Povich show all the way back in 1991.

Variety reports retirement has been on the 83-year-old’s radar for some time, with the TV iconic revealing he wanted to retire six years ago.

“Six years ago when I was ready to retire, my NBCUniversal family asked me to continue the show,” Povich said in a statement reported by Variety. “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!’”

“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 VP, NBCUniversal Syndication Studios told Variety. “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.”