Max Joseph is leaving Catfish.
The co-host of the MTV hit has confirmed that he will depart the series at the conclusion of Catfish Season 7.
“Hey guys, the time has come, sadly, for me to move on from Catfish,” Joseph wrote in an Instagram post on Wednesday morning.
“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.”
He continued, “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.”
Joseph concluded, “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 and for the memes.”
Max's co-host released a statement confirming Joseph's exit from the series.
You can read his statement below.
Working with Max on ‘Catfish’ has been one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. 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. As sad as I am though that Max is leaving the show, it brings me great joy to know that he is following his heart.
While selfishly I’d love to keep him all to myself, I know that unleashing the creativity and passion that he has will benefit so many of us.
Good luck, my friend, and there’s really no excuse why you can’t video chat in from time to time ;)
Catfish debuted in 2012 on the Viacom owned network and was based on the 2010 movie of the same name.
What are your thoughts on this news? Will you continue to watch?
Catfish continues Wednesdays at 9/8c.
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