In a heartfelt moment at the Creative Arts ceremony held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, veteran talk show host Maury Povich was bestowed with the prestigious Daytime Emmys Lifetime Achievement Honor by none other than his beloved wife, acclaimed journalist Connie Chung.
The 84-year-old television icon, who retired from his illustrious career just last year, was met with a resounding ovation as he took the stage to accept this distinguished accolade. Chung, in her touching introduction, shared a glimpse of Povich's remarkable journey in the world of media.
She remarked, "I know that you think he’s been determining the paternity of every child in America all his life, but no, in his 67 freaking years in television, he’s been a news reporter and a news anchor and old-fashioned talk show host, interviewing world leaders, politicians, members of Congress, authors, movie stars, and even culinary legend Julia Child." The event, graced by luminaries from the entertainment industry, saw touching tributes pouring in for Povich through video messages.
Esteemed figures such as Whoopi Goldberg, Kelly Clarkson, Lewis Black, Karamo Brown, and renowned sports broadcasters Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser, all took a moment to express their admiration and gratitude for Povich's immense contributions to television.
Povich's Farewell Standing Ovation
As Maury Povich ascended the stage, the audience erupted in chants of "Maury, Maury, Maury!" This momentous occasion marked the end of Povich's iconic tabloid-style talk show, which had been a mainstay of American daytime television since its debut in 1991.
Prior to that, he hosted "A Current Affair" from 1986 to 1990, under the ownership of media mogul Rupert Murdoch. Reflecting on his journey, Povich shared an amusing anecdote from his "A Current Affair" days. "Rupert Murdoch used to tell me all that time, ‘Don’t particularly think about that, Maury, we’re more interested in winning viewers than awards,'" Povich recounted.
Holding his well-deserved Emmy award aloft, he concluded, "Rupert, the hell with that." Maury Povich's remarkable career has left an indelible mark on the landscape of daytime television, and this Lifetime Achievement Award serves as a testament to his enduring impact and legacy in the field.
The heartfelt tribute from his wife, Connie Chung, and the outpouring of admiration from his peers and colleagues underscore the profound influence Maury Povich has had on the world of media and entertainment.