Even the best things come to an end at some point. Dr. Phil McGraw said that his daytime talk show, which has been on for 21 years, will end in the spring of 2023.
I have been blessed with over 25 wonderful years in daytime television,
Dr. Phil McGraw, 72, said in a statement on Tuesday, January 31.
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. This has been an incredible chapter of my life and career, but while I’m moving on from daytime, there is so much more I wish to do.
A source says that the CBS show, which has been on since September 2002, will stop making new episodes at the end of the 2022-2023 season. But the network hopes to keep showing repeats until at least the next year.
Even though it’s been on for over 20 years, Dr. Phil is still the highest-rated daytime talk show after Live With Kelly and Ryan, with about two million people watching each episode Monday through Friday on average.
Phil is a valued partner and member of the CBS/King World family, and while his show may be ending after 21 years, I’m happy to say our relationship is not,
Steve LoCascio, president of CBS Media Ventures, said on Tuesday.
Phil changed the daytime landscape as the force behind one of the most popular talk shows ever on daytime TV. We plan to be in the Dr. Phil business with the library for years to come and welcome opportunities to work together in the future.
The news of McGraw’s departure comes less than a year after the Oklahoma native denied claims that he and his senior TV show staffers created a “toxic” work environment.
Several current and former Dr. Phil employees spoke out anonymously about verbal abuse, fear, and intimidation by their bosses in February 2022, after an investigation by a source.
It’s a clickbait story because Dr. Phil ‘sells tickets.’BuzzFeed was offered dozens of current and former staff to talk to but when the reporter started hearing the truth which ruined their salacious narrative they declined,
McGraw’s attorney, H. Patrick Morris, said in a statement at the time.
Dr. Phil focuses on content for the program and doesn’t get involved in staff relations, but the staff at the program in no way use ethnic origin such as described.
The lawyer added:
’Manipulation’ is ridiculous. These guests find a caring place, a safe space to face their challenges, even if told what they need to hear instead of what want to hear.
Even though the employees said they had never seen McGraw do anything controversial, many said that senior staffers would yell at and criticize others for what seemed like small mistakes and that they were even “encouraged to keep racist stereotypes on screen.”
Morris, on the other hand, denied the racism claims and said that CBS does not “tolerate racist behavior.”