‘dr. Phil’s talk show ends after 21 seasons as McGraw charts new course

“Dr. Phil” is coming to an end this spring after 21 seasons, CBS Media Ventures announced Tuesday, noting that it was Dr. Phil McGraw’s decision to stop making new episodes.

The media company hopes to repackage and rebroadcast old episodes of the show for the 2023-2024 season and beyond. This would include new content such as “summaries and intros by McGraw,” 72, as well as “guest updates,” according to the announcement.

“I have been blessed with over 25 wonderful years in daytime television,” McGraw said in a statement. “With this show, we’ve helped thousands of guests and millions of viewers through everything from addiction and marriage to mental wellness and parenting. It’s been an amazing chapter in my life and career, but as I walk away from the day, there’s so much more I want to do.

Dr. Phil McGraw visits ‘Extra’ at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 9, 2015.
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McGraw said he would focus on primetime programming with new partnerships set to launch in early 2024.

“I am compelled to engage with a wider audience because I have serious concerns for the American family, and I am determined to help restore clarity of purpose as well as our core values,” McGraw added.

The psychologist got his start as a frequent guest on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in the late 1990s. He launched his own series in the fall of 2002.

A year ago, nearly a dozen current and former employees of “Dr. Phil” spoke out, describing their workplace as “traumatic” and a “war zone”. McGraw’s attorney, H. Patrick Morris, “categorically denies[d]the allegations at the time.

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