He is the father – of a long era of daytime television that is coming to an end.
In the age of podcasts, social media and streaming, Maury Povich, who is retiring from television after a record-breaking 31 years on daytime TV, plans to dabble in the world of the press. The 83-year-old talk show host visited ABC’s “The View” on Monday to talk about the shutdown and what happens next.
“That’s the problem, I usually end the season around this time so I’m not aware of this retirement story,” he said on Monday. “And I won’t know until August or September when I’m supposed to come back to work.”
The final episode of “Maury” is slated to air in September. Povich has taped more than 3,600 programs over the past three decades, many of which deal with revealing paternity test results to live audiences. Soon things will slow down for the former ‘A Current Affair’ host.
According to Povich, he plans to turn to a newspaper he founded with his 38-year-old wife and fellow host, Connie Chung.
“Connie and I, believe it or not, against the grain 15 years ago lived in Montana in the summer for about 25 years, so we started a journal,” he said.
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Povich boasted that the newspaper, The Flathead Beacon, has been very successful in the Flathead Valley and he hopes to build on that success.
“So I will be very active in that,” he said. “All these newspapers are closing and I, like an idiot, started one.”
The Flathead Beacon has won many local awards in Northwest Montana.
On Monday, “The View” panel praised Povich for pushing the proverbial “envelope” by normalizing topics like teenage pregnancy and infidelity. The Washington, DC native said he’s confident his show has won unexpected dads to get involved in their children’s lives.
“Because you humiliated them on TV,” co-host Joy Behar said.
Povich claimed that people who see themselves acting stupid on TV can actually be inspired to be better people. He also admitted that thousands of shows later he will be remembered for two lines, which he delivered to the audience of “The View.”
“You are the father – you are not the father,” he said.