Max Joseph to quit 'Catfish' after Season 7, co-host Nev Schulman thanks him for the journey
After spreading some wisdom upon the virtual realities of a virtual relaitonship, Joseph is set to follow his own heart now.
Max Joseph is leaving the MTV reality show, 'Catfish', with his final episode set to air on Wednesday, August 22 at 9 pm. Joseph said in a statement, "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."
Explaining the reason for his departure, Joseph said he was stuck between two careers as a Tv host and a filmmaker and it was high time he had one choice. He said, "For a while now I have been straddling two careers as a TV host and filmmaker and, while this level of busy-ness is a dream come true, my life can no longer sustain it. With Ma 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."
He concluded with a heavy heart, "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."
Hey guys, the time has come, sadly, for me to leave Catfish... pic.twitter.com/w21HFsfiz9— Max Joseph (@maxjoseph) August 8, 2018
Co-host Nev Schulman also took to Twitter to bid farewell to Joseph. In a statement, he said, "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."
Schulman was blamed earlier this year by former 'Catfish' participant Ayissha Morgan of sexually harassing her. In a YouTube video she had claimed that Schulman had encouraged her to sleep with him to "reevaluate" her sexuality. Although the show's production was initially halted following the allegations, it was later resumed when no formal complaints were lodged.
"Although we never received a formal complaint, MTV and Critical Content immediately engaged an independent third party investigator. The independent investigator found the allegations made in the YouTube videos to be not credible and without merit...Given the results of the investigation, Catfish will resume filming. We take these matters very seriously and are committed to providing a safe working environment," an MTV spokesperson said.
Schulman had denied the allegations and told Hollywood Reporter, "The behavior described in this video did not happen and I’m fortunate that there are a number of former colleagues who were present during this time period who are willing to speak up with the truth...I have always been transparent about my life and would always take responsibility for my actions — but these claims are false."