“Maury” has been on-air for over 20 years. Before that Maury Povich had a long career in journalism. His father worked for the Washington Post, and that inspired him to become a news anchor throughout the ’80s. Now, as he nears 80 years of age, the 21st season of “Maury” has started, and the host has no plans of retiring. Take a look behind the scenes of the show. Following is a transcript of the video.
Maury Povich: I guess I was kind of born to journalism. My father was a sports columnist for the Washington Post for 75 years. And so I got very interested in the media, radio and television when I was very young. And then when I went to college at the University of Pennsylvania, I was the sports director of the college radio station. Then I anchored the news and reported the news and I did that all over the country.
And then in 1986, I was back in Washington and this kind of wild crazy Australian named Rupert Murdoch created Fox and brought me to New York and we started a show called A Current Affair, which was very successful. If you wanna see a story that answers the question, “No, he didn’t do that, did he?” Watch “A Current Affair.” And that led to the last 28 years of having my own talk show. Wow, I wrapped up my life that fast.
I tape two days a week, I tape three shows on Thursdays and two shows on Fridays. I come to the studio, probably I’m here around quarter of seven in the morning for the first taping, which is around 10 o’clock in the morning. And I study the stories again. Then I am briefed by my producers right before the show to find out how they wanna stage it. Doesn’t take too long. We have an hour show, I guarantee it doesn’t take more than about an hour and two minutes to do the show because we’ve been doing it for so long. So I get out of here maybe around 2:30 or three. At my age, I’m working enough.
Birdie’s seven. He goes out and you’ll see later on, he entertains my audience before we start the show. So Birdie is a very good dog.
You know, I’m very proud that my audience is built of a rainbow coalition. We have every kind of ethnicity in terms of our viewership and our guests as well. I’m proud of that because somehow, either through instinct or just through basic human considerations, my guests and my viewers have kind of felt that I was part of their family even though they know and I know that my experience in life is probably nothing that they have gone through.
I don’t have any thoughts of retiring, I like to do it, I think we do some good. I think we bring families together. I know one thing. That when I leave this show, you won’t see me on television ever again.
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