Dr Phil to end after 21 seasons
Dr Phil McGraw has announced that the globally popular show “Dr Phil” will end after more than two decades as one of television’s most popular talk shows.
The syndicated daytime show will end its run of original episodes after the show’s 21st season.
The show made waves in Kenya in 2017 when Dr Phil advised an American woman, Sarah, not to leave her husband of 18 years for a Kenyan pastor.
McGraw, who holds a doctorate in clinical psychology, said in a statement that while the show “has been an incredible chapter of my life and career,” he wants to pursue other projects after the show's 21st season.
“I have been blessed with over 25 wonderful years in daytime television,” McGraw said. “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.”
As for his next move, McGraw says he will focus on prime-time programming and has plans to announce a strategic prime-time partnership that’s slated for release in 2024.
“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.
McGraw began his TV career on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in the late ’90s and later made his talk-show host debut with “Dr. Phil” in September 2002. The show was an instant smash, holding the No. 1 or 2 spot in its genre for its entire run, as well as scoring 31 Emmy nominations.
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