Daytime TV is bidding farewell to an era as E! News confirms that Dr. Phil will conclude its current season later this year and say goodbye.
Hosted by Dr. Phil McGraw, the daytime talk show premiered in September 2002 and has run in syndication for 21 seasons.
“I have been blessed with over 25 wonderful years in daytime television,” McGraw said in a statement on Jan. 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.”
In recent years, the 72-year-old has diversified his resume within the entertainment industry. He is currently an executive producer on CBS’ So Help Me Todd, starring Skylar Astin and Marcia Gay Harden. McGraw also hosts two podcasts, Phil in the Blanks and Mystery & Murder: Analysis by Dr. Phil.
News of the Dr. Phil‘s swan song comes nearly a year after the show faced allegations of mistreatment on set. In February 2022, Buzzfeed News published a report citing multiple past and current Dr. Phil staffers who detailed experiences of verbal abuse, fear and intimidation while on the job.
None of the staffers, most of whom spoke to the outlet anonymously, said they saw McGraw engage in the specific behavior, but made allegations about a culture of toxicity.
In separate statements to E! News at the time, reps for both McGraw and the show denied the allegations, calling the report a “clickbait story.”
McGraw got his start as a regular guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, first appearing in April 1998. He and Oprah Winfrey became acquainted when the talk show queen hired McGraw’s legal consulting firm to prepare her for her 1998 libel trial involving a group of Texas cattlemen, stemming from Winfrey’s comments about mad cow disease on an episode of her talk show.
After becoming a fan favorite on Winfrey’s show, the mogul helped Phil create his own daytime empire by launching Dr. Phil under her Harpo Productions umbrella.