Max Joseph will exit MTV’s “Catfish” at the end of the current season, the co-host announced on Wednesday.
“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,” Joseph said in a statement.
Joseph has served as a cameraman and co-host on the MTV reality show, alongside Nev Schulman, for seven seasons. He also made his feature film directorial debut in 2015 with “We Are Your Friends,” which starred Zac Efron and Emily Ratajkowski.
“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,” he said. “Thank you for watching, thank you for the love and for the memes.”
In his own statement, Schulman thanked his “gray-haired friend” for being a partner on the show for nearly six years.
“His ability to listen, empathize and advise is astounding,” Schulman said. “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.”
Read his full statement, along with a statement from Schulman, below.
Hey guys, the time has come, sadly, for me to leave Catfish… pic.twitter.com/w21HFsfiz9
— Max Joseph (@maxjoseph) August 8, 2018
— Nev Schulman (@NevSchulman) August 8, 2018