‘Maury’ Saying Goodbye After 31 Years on the Air

Daytime TV’s favorite guilty pleasure, Maury, is ending. Since 1991 fans have tuned in to watch host Maury Povich settle family drama. While the show remains popular with viewers, Povich decided it’s time to bid farewell.

'Maury' host Maury Povich wearing a black suit and eyeglasses during a TV show appearance.
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‘Maury’ ending with beloved talk show host retiring at the end of the season

Maury is at the top of everyone’s list when it comes to must-watch talk shows on daytime television. For 31 seasons, viewers have watched Povich help guests with problems, including paternity test results. But fans won’t be seeing any more of baby daddy drama.

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As reported by Deadline.com, Povich has decided to retire and reached an agreement with NBC Universal to end the series. In a statement, NBCUniversal EVP Tracie Wilson discussed the decision. “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.”

Meanwhile, Povich released his own statement, thanking NBCUniversal and the show’s staff. “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 is considered one of America’s guiltiest pleasures in TV. With its outrageous moments and guests, it became a cultural phenomenon. The show focused on a series of issues, including teen pregnancy and bullying.

But it’s most famous for its lie detector tests and paternity tests results. Fans listened to the couples’ stories and tried to determine who was telling the truth and lying. Maury would deliver one of his signature catchphrases at the end of the segment. “The lie detector test proved that was a lie,” and “you are not the father” became synonymous with the series.

Fan reaction to ‘Maury’ cancellation

News of Maury’s cancellation came as a shock to longtime fans. On a Twitter thread, fans expressed their opinion on the show’s final season. “I guess they finally figured out who all the fathers were,” joked one viewer.

“Go relax, Maury. Enjoy spending time with your wife and the family,” another commenter chimed in.

“WHAT! I do not approve of this,” another user replied.

“Wasn’t aware showing new episodes. I thought it was just reruns. 30 season wow. Good for him. Way to go Maury,” a fan commented.

While fans are disappointed by the show’s cancellation, they’ll still get to see more paternity test drama. New episodes will continue to air through September. So there will be lots more memorable moments as viewers count down the show’s final days.

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