popular daytime tv show “Dr. Phil.” is coming to an end after more than 20 years on the air.
Its host, former psychologist Dr. Phil McGraw, said he’s stepping away from the daytime slot because he “has a lot more to do.”
McGraw, who began his television career on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in the late 1990s, said in a statement issued by CBS Media Ventures that he was “blessed” with a career in daytime television spanning more than 25 years. rice field.
He added: It’s been an incredible chapter in my life and career, but there’s so much I want to do while I’m on the move from daytime. ”
The 72-year-old didn’t reveal specific details of his plans, but retirement doesn’t seem to be in the cards.
In the near future, the network said, he plans to “announce strategic primetime partnerships with a focus on primetime programming and an early 2024 launch.”
McGraw added: “My deep concern for American families has compelled me to engage with a broader audience, and I am committed to working with a clear purpose and our core values.” I am determined to help restore my view.”
The original episodes will continue to screen during the 2022-2023 season, but the network plans to sell reruns “2023-24 and beyond.” The station said, “Classic Library episodes will feature new content such as wraparounds and introductions by McGraw, as well as guest updates.”
CBS Media Ventures president Steve LoCascio said in a statement: No.
“Phil changed the daytime landscape as the force behind one of the most popular talk shows ever on daytime television. We welcome the opportunity to work together in the future.”
The show premiered in September 2002 and was an instant hit, maintaining a No. 1 or No. 2 ratings spot in its genre throughout its run, the network said. In 2020, McGraw received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 2020, McGraw controversially criticized measures to curb the Covid-19 pandemic, comparing the then-soaring mortality rate to deaths from smoking and drowning in swimming pools. rice field.
After a storm of criticism on social media, he later issued a video apology, saying his comments were motivated by concerns about the restrictions’ impact on the public’s mental health.