Maury Povich set to retire from daily talk show after 31 years
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NBC Universal confirmed the impending exit of the 83-year-old Povich on Monday. The company stated that the show had thousands of entertaining, dramatic and lively episodes that will continue to be popular in daytime for many years to come. He said that he was proud of his relationship with NBC Universal, and all the people who worked on ‘Maury’. However, he also said that he often tells his guests on ‘Maury’ that enough is enough.
Veteran daytime talk show host Maury Povich is retiring, with the last original episodes of “Maury” set for broadcast in September after 31 years on the air.
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It wasn’t highbrow entertainment, but was popular enough for Povich to build a devoted audience among viewers young enough to be his grandchildren.
Povich began his career as a television journalist in Washington. His father, Shirley, was a well known sportswriter. He was a local news anchor in Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. For a while in Los Angeles, his co-anchor was journalist Connie Chung, whom he married in 1984.
In 1986, he was the inaugural anchor of the entertainment news program, “A Current Affair,” and began “The Maury Povich Show” for Paramount in 1991. It switched to NBC Universal in 1998, shortening the show’s name.
NBC Universal confirmed the impending exit of the 83-year-old Povich on Monday.
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“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,” said Tracie Wilson, executive vice president, NBC Universal Syndication Studios.
His show was a hit many years ago, and he has continued to use it.
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It was not immediately clear whether NBC Universal would try to start a similar-themed show or simply ride Povich’s reruns: “Judge Judy” is still a popular daytime show even though it no longer produces original episodes.
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