new york –
Daytime TV psychologist “Dr. Phil” McGraw says he’ll be exiting his talk show for the first time in 21 years in the coming months, but viewers haven’t seen his last appearance.
“Doctor Phil” was the most famous spin-off from the Oprah Winfrey show that once dominated daytime television. The Texans’ show debuted in September 2002 after he was featured as his regular guest on Winfrey’s.
“This show has helped thousands of guests and millions of viewers with everything from addiction and marriage to mental health and parenting,” McGraw said in a statement. It’s been an incredible chapter in my life and career, but there’s so much more I want to do while I’m on the move from daylight.”
The traditional broadcast television season ends in the spring. A date for Phil’s final show was not specified.
McGraw, 72, said he wants to focus on primetime programming and has an unspecified project planned for early next year.
In the meantime, no new “Dr. Phil” episodes will be made, but the show won’t go off TV. His CBS Media Ventures, which syndicates his shows, said it would offer rerun packages to the station for future seasons, including occasional new wraparound his content.
This is a cost-saving avenue blazed by Judge Judy, which aired its last original show in June 2021, but remains popular for reruns.
CBS Media Ventures President Steve LoCascio said: