Dr. phil will be leaving his eponymous show after 21 seasons. The host has announced that the afternoon talk show that made him famous will end at the end of this 2022-2023 season.
Phil McGraw, aka Dr. Phil, rose to fame with his guest appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show in the late ’90s and got his own talk show in 2002: Dr. Phil, created with Oprah’s help.
The talk show brought families — members of all ages — together to address issues such as addiction, health, behavioral issues, education, marriage, mental health and relationships.
The 72-year-old personality has hosted nearly 4,000 episodes, hosted 20,000 guests and collected letters from five million viewers over the two decades of her show. It was nominated for 31 Emmy Awards.
In a statement, host Phil McGraw said he was canceling the afternoon schedule and looking to expand his audience with a new project because he said he had “serious concerns about the American family.” It will be launched in early 2024.
An average of two million people continue to watch episodes of Dr. Phil, making the show the second highest-rated talk show currently at number one, behind Live with Kelly and Ryan, according to Variety.