It’s the end of an era for Dr Phil.
The celebrated talk show host, whose full name is Phil McGraw, first graced screens in the late ’90s as the resident expert on human behaviour on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
He has run his own show for 25 years and a remarkable 21 seasons.
Show distributor CBS Media Ventures announced the news, noting it was McGraw’s decision to bring his on-screen therapising to an end.
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“I have been blessed with over 25 wonderful years in daytime television,” McGraw said in a statement.
“With this show, we have helped thousands of guests and millions of viewers through everything from addiction and marriage to mental wellness and raising children.
“This has been an incredible chapter of my life and career, but while I’m moving on from daytime, there is so much more I wish to do.”
CBS announced it will keep Dr Phil on the air for the remaining 2023 to 2024 season by airing a package of repeat episodes, dressed up with new content from McGraw. This content will include updates on previous guests and new developments in counselling and therapy.
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McGraw launched his show in 2002, with the help of Winfrey’s Harpo Productions.
In his latest statement, he hinted at a new venture on the horizon.
He reportedly intends to announce a “strategic primetime partnership” and is hoping for an early 2024 launch.
“I am compelled to engage with a broader audience because I have grave concerns for the American family, and I am determined to help restore a clarity of purpose as well as our core values,” McGraw said.
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