Max Joseph Leaving MTV’s “Catfish”

Max Joseph is leaving Catfish. 

The co-h-cost announced the news Wednesday sharing his departure message on Twitter. The decision to leave the successful MTV show is a result of Joseph trying to balance two careers, that of a TV host and filmmaker. 

Outside the world of Catfish, Joseph wrote and directed a series of short films, and even released his first feature-length movie, We Are Your Friends, in 2015.

“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.”

“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,” he continued.

After seven years of co-hosting, Joseph and Nev Schulman have developed a sincere friendship. Schulman also took to Twitter and posted his own goodbye message, expressing support for Joseph’s decision. 

“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.”

Joseph’s final episode will air on Wednesday, August 22 on MTV.