Dr. Phil’s show will end after 21 seasons


Dr. Phil McGraw has confirmed 2023 will be the final season after 21 years, image courtesy of NBC/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images

Leeanne Pacheco, Reporter

Known as America’s controversial television therapist, Phil McGraw, will finally end his daytime television show “Dr. Phil” after more than two decades.

The show has aired since 2002, and after 21 years of dominating ratings, Dr. Phil will stop producing new shows in its 2022-2023 season, according to CBS Media Ventures announced on Jan. 31, 2023, with the contract of five years McGraw signed in 2018 with CBS Ventures.

Although there aren’t many details of what McGraw’s future plans are, he still isn’t up for retirement as a 72-year-old man. McGraw also announced that he plans to have a “strategic, prime-time partnership with CBS Media Ventures, scheduled for an early 2024 launch, which will expand his reach and increase his impact on television and viewers,” according to the release. McGraw concluded, “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 states that he wants to focus on producing scripted projects and hosting two podcasts, Phil in the Blanks and Mystery & Murder: Analysis by Dr. Phil, CBS told Variety. President of CBS Media Ventures, Steve LoCasio said, “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.”

Another statement by Mcgraw was sent to PEOPLE stating, “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.” The show isn’t the only one that has ended; it is now part of the other famous daytime talk shows like The Wendy, The Ellen DeGenerous, and Steve Harvey.