All good issues should come to an finish. Dr. Phil McGraw introduced that his daytime discuss present will come to an in depth in spring 2023 after 21 seasons.
“I’ve been blessed with over 25 great years in daytime tv,” McGraw, 72, stated in an announcement to Selection on Tuesday, January 31. “With this present, we have now helped 1000’s of visitors and tens of millions of viewers by means of every part from dependancy and marriage to psychological wellness and elevating kids. This has been an unbelievable chapter of my life and profession, however whereas I’m shifting on from daytime, there may be a lot extra I want to do.”
The CBS collection, which started airing in September 2002, will cease producing new episodes on the finish of the 2022-2023 season, per Selection. Nonetheless, the community hopes to maintain repeats airing by means of not less than the next yr.
Regardless of it’s over two-decade run, Dr. Phil remains to be the highest-rated daytime discuss present behind Dwell With Kelly and Ryan and averages round two million viewers per episode Monday by means of Friday.
“Phil is a valued accomplice and member of the CBS/King World household, and whereas his present could also be ending after 21 years, I’m joyful to say our relationship will not be,” Steve LoCascio, president of CBS Media Ventures, informed Selection on Tuesday. “Phil modified the daytime panorama because the pressure behind one of the well-liked discuss reveals ever on daytime TV. We plan to be within the Dr. Phil enterprise with the library for years to return and welcome alternatives to work collectively sooner or later.”
Information of McGraw’s departure comes lower than a yr after the Oklahoma native denied allegations that he and his senior TV present staffers fostered a “poisonous” work atmosphere.
In February 2022, a number of present and former Dr. Phil workers anonymously made claims of verbal abuse, worry and intimidation by their superiors amid a Buzzfeed information investigative report.
“It’s a clickbait story as a result of Dr. Phil ‘sells tickets.’ BuzzFeed was supplied dozens of present and former workers to speak to however when the reporter began listening to the reality which ruined their salacious narrative they declined,” McGraw’s legal professional, H. Patrick Morris, informed Us Weekly in an announcement on the time. “Dr. Phil focuses on content material for this system and doesn’t become involved in workers relations, however the workers on the program on no account use ethnic origin equivalent to described.”
The lawyer added: “’Manipulation’ is ridiculous. These visitors discover a caring place, a secure area to face their challenges, even when informed what they should hear as a substitute of what wish to hear.”
Whereas the workers famous that they by no means witnessed McGraw interact in controversial habits himself, many claimed that senior staffers would yell and berate others for seemingly small errors, including that they’re even “inspired to perpetuate racist stereotypes onscreen.”
Morris, nonetheless, denied the allegations of racism, noting that CBS doesn’t “tolerate racist conduct.”