Max Joseph broke some major news this morning, just hours before a new episode of Catfish: The TV Show airs on MTV. As it turns out, he has decided to walk away from the show that he has been a part of for seven seasons.
For years, Max and his co-host Nev Schulman have helped people find their online love interests and partners after possibly being catfished. Sometimes, it was love at first sight. But most of the time, the participants learned that they had been lied to.
In an Instagram post shared by Max Joseph, he explains that this was a tough decision for him, as Catfish: The TV Show is still going strong.
He has filmed 115 episodes with Nev and helped put together 31 special episodes, including countdown episodes of the most dramatic reveals. There have also been episodes where they have featured other Catfish stories told by the victims themselves.
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Hey guys, the time has come, sadly, for me to move on from Catfish. Working on this show for the last seven years has been one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. I’ve learned a lot about myself, my country and human nature in general. Nev and I have become brothers and our bromance has blossomed before your eyes. For a while now I have been straddling two careers as TV host and filmmaker and, while this level of busy-ness is a dream come true, my life can no longer sustain it. With Catfish still going strong after 7 seasons, 115 episodes, 31 specials and showing no sign of slowing down, I feel it is finally the time for me to make my exit. Although I have a heavy heart, I am also excited for everything that’s to come—for myself, for Nev, for our crew and for the show. Thank you for watching, thank you for the love, for the memories, and the memes. Don’t be a stranger. You know where to find me. ✌🏻❤️ It really was a fucking blast and I am eternally grateful for every second of it. 🙏🏻 ps, my final episode will air on 8/22
Max explains that he has worked on launching two careers during his time on Catfish: The TV Show. He has worked as a filmmaker and as a TV host. And sometimes, those careers interfered with one another.
In addition, he just lost his dog recently, and one can imagine that his wife isn’t too happy with him being on the road all the time. This was something Nev Schulman explained when this season began, as he wasn’t too happy leaving California so often now that he was a father.
So, what will happen now that Max Joseph is leaving? Well, in his Instagram post, he revealed that the show is still going strong.
Perhaps Nev will continue the show with co-hosts or find another host to continue the show with him. As for Max, his last episode will air in just three short weeks.
Are you surprised to hear that Max Joseph is leaving Catfish: The TV Show? How do you think Nev Schulman should move on with the show?
Catfish: The TV Show airs on Wednesdays at 9/8c on MTV.
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