Dr. Phil McGraw of the popular daytime TV show “Dr. Phil” is calling it quits as the show comes to an end after more than two decades on the air.
Its host, former psychologist Dr. Phil McGraw, has said he is stepping back from the daytime slot because “there is so much more I wish to do.”
McGraw commented: “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.”
While McGraw left some mystery in response to his return, retirement does not appear to be in the cards.
The network said that in the immediate future he “will focus on prime-time programming and plans to announce a strategic prime-time partnership, scheduled for an early 2024 launch.”
McGraw added: “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 began his TV career on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in the late 1990s, brought us iconic moments and characters such as the “Cash me outside” Bhad Bhabie, Honey Boo-Boos Mama June and her allegations, and the creator of Bum Fights dressing up as Dr. Phil himself.
The show became an immediate hit after premiering in September 2002 and has remained in the number one or two rating spot in its genre throughout its time on air, the network said. In 2020, McGraw was recognized as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Dr. Phil will be missed by grandmas all around the world because let’s face it, ain’t nobody around to watch this program. But created so much fun while it was around!