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Why Did Max From 'Catfish' Leave the Show? To (Sort Of) Pursue a Career in Filmmaking


Jan. 8 2020, Updated 8:44 p.m. ET

When we think about MTV's Catfish, the name that comes to mind is often Nev Schulman, the show's longtime host and one of the creators of the popular series. But Nev wasn't the only host on the show. Fans likely remember the name Max Joseph, the co-host of Catfish as well as the co-developer with Nev. But it's been almost two years since Max decided to walk away. 

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What ever happened to Max and what's he up to now that he's left Catfish behind?

What happened to Max and what made him walk away from 'Catfish'?

In August 2018, Max made the decision to leave Catfish. The then-35-year-old issued a statement to address his leaving. "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," he said.

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“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."

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His last episode aired on August 22, 2018, after seven seasons on the show. As Max said in his statement, he was getting fairly busy. In 2015, he wrote and directed his first feature film, We Are Your Friends, starring Wes Bentley and Zac Efron. Unfortunately for him, the movie was a huge box office flop. Still, he left Catfish with a desire to continue his work.

So did Max end up continuing his filmmaking career?

It doesn't really look like it. Max had directed a number of documentary short films and one full length documentary on DFA, the iconic NYC record label that targeted indie kids, before he left the show. But these days, he's busy working with his wife, Priscilla, on her accessory company called MAXCILA.

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Other than that, he's a very vocal activist online, particularly in regards to climate change. However, Max has announced that he's coming back to filmmaking with HBO Max. 

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The upcoming documentary, called 15 Minutes of Shame, will star him and Monica Lewinsky and both will also executive produce the film. The concept is about "public shaming and the culture of humiliation" and is set to be released sometime in 2020, although no date has been given yet. 

In the meantime, you can still get your fill of Catfish, sans Max, Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on MTV. 

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