In a statement posted on his account, the TV host and filmmaker wrote
“Hey guys, the time has come, sadly, for me to move on from Catfish,” he begins. “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,” Joseph said.
“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 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,” he concluded.
Joseph’s cohost Nev Schulman made an equally heartfelt post wishing his colleague nothing but the best.
“Working with Max on Catfish has been one of the most meaningful experiences of my life,” he said. “What started as a casual friendship quickly turned into a brotherhood. Thanks to Max, over the last six years I’ve learned as much about the internet and society as I have about myself. Max isn’t just a co-host, he’s a partner. His ability to listen, empathize and advise is astounding. Nobody cuts through the noise and dishes the hard truth better than he does. I’m going to miss him a lot. He’s my best friend and one of the best colleagues anyone could hope for.”
Catfish airs on Wednesdays 9 p.m. ET on MTV.
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