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Stars turn out for 2,500th episode of 'Maury'

Barbara Walters, Shaquille O'Neal, Katie Couric, Selena Gomez, Honey Boo Boo and more

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert May 15, 2013 1:32PM

Daytime hosts, notable athletes, sports newsman and reality TV stars turned out to help "Maury" celebrate its 2500th episode, airing Friday, May 17. The landmark episode also caught up with memorable first guests and featured a few surprises for Maury Povich, including his wife Connie Chung jumping out of a cake!

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The guest list for the big "Maury" episode featured Barbara Walters, Shaquille O'Neal, Katie Couric, the ladies of "The Talk," Donald Trump, Joan Rivers, Kathy Griffin, NeNe Leakes, Steve Harvey, Wendy Williams, Jack Hanna, Billy Bush and Kit Hoover, Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann, "Pardon the Interruption" hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon and fellow NBC Universal talk show hosts Jerry Springer, Steve Wilkos and Trisha Goddard. 

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Selena Gomez and Honey Boo Boo also got involved in the celebration via video messages. Gomez had a surprise for a returning guest, while Honey Boo Boo let Povich know that he's not the father. Phew!


"Maury" will also catch up with the guests who started it all, including the guests who took the very first paternity and lie detector tests and the show's first out of control teen.


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Povich has more than 2500 reasons to celebrate. "Maury" goes into its landmark episode with 100 consecutive weeks as the #1 syndicated talk show among Women 18-34, Adults 18-34 and Adults 18-49.


"Maury" airs weekdays in syndication. 

May 15, 2013 11:46PM
I think a lot of people are full of s**t, if the show is sooo bad, y do still watch it??? hmmmm. I can bet that if they offered u the kind of money he makes to sit on a stage and say "you are/ you are not the father",  you'd DO IT!!!!! plus its not his fault that people want to come on national tv and expose their dirty laundry. if these nasty a** women wasn't sleeping with everything that has a penis and knew who the daddy was, then these shows wouldn't exist. CONGRATS TO U MAURY, I WISH I HAD YOUR JOB AND YOUR PAY!!!!!!!! 
May 15, 2013 10:22PM
so now we celebrate another show that thrives by glorifying the collapse of all that is or was good about american society. so so sad......
May 15, 2013 8:23PM
WOW!!!!  Well done, Maury Povich!!  Reaching 2,500 episodes is pretty rare for talk shows, and you have done a remarkable job to keep some very serious issues out there for people to think about, especially when dealing with runaway fathers of their girlfriends'/wives' kids and getting them to be much more responsible with child support payments and taking care of their kids.  I have seen alot of your program episodes over the years, and I have seen some pretty volatile exchanges between these runaway dads and the moms who want them to get real about supporting their kids.  Not very many talk show hosts will go that far with having every episode deal with this contentious issue every day, but you are someone who will do that to keep this serious issue out there and up front.  CONGRATS on your great milestone, and enjoy the day because some more hard work is waiting for you!   Chari  :)
May 15, 2013 7:40PM
He used to be fun to watch, but now its the same thing every day. He's the next  Jerry Springer.
May 15, 2013 7:19PM

Used to watch. Now is all about baby daddies and cheating girlfriends. Not even worth the time to watch anymore. Gotten very low in the gutter for story. Seen one Momma looking for her baby daddy, seen em all. Only thing that changes is faces and colors. Not thought provoking or news worthy stuff any more. SO SAD!!!!


May 15, 2013 6:53PM
If Maury Povich sinks any lower people will start to think he's Bill OReilly or Sean Hannity.
May 15, 2013 6:45PM
Did you say that with an Australian accent Tracey?
May 15, 2013 6:43PM
Most of these people appearing on this show are not educated...they don't want to be. America seems to feed on other peoples stupidity. I guess it make them feel superior....over the dimwits...
May 15, 2013 6:18PM
Come on now people, this show  is freakin hysterical! I know they use people whose circumstances are less than optimal - but lets face it they probably get more money from their appearance on Maury than a regular paycheque.  You have to take it in the spirit of a comedy not a serious show. Similar to Jerry Springer - I am way less depressed about my own life after watching it :) LOL
May 15, 2013 6:13PM
The show is a tragedy...All you see are people yelling and screaming at each other due to their own infidelities. It's a complete was of time finding out who screwed who over.
May 15, 2013 5:47PM
What a stupid **** show?  This is a show's host, that has fallen so low in his career on TV, that he now exploits these individuals on his show.  Most of these people, that appear on his show are uneducated blacks and whites with the morals of alley cats.  It's an all time low, when women and men come on this show several times to locate the parents of their children.  I thought that humans were the most intelligent form of mammal on earth, we see humans reproducing like rabbits and dogs.  What's more surprising is that a network carry this type of programming.  America, you have sunk to and all time low.
May 15, 2013 5:43PM

Trash TV  Nothing to be proud of.  

May 15, 2013 5:38PM

the article say's chung  bonehead

May 15, 2013 4:56PM
After watching Maury, I am convinced that all babies should be given a DNA test before leaving the hospital to determine who is the real father. Too many men are getting stuck with a kid that are not theirs by these irresponsible girls who have no morals. 
Later on in life when these  grow up they could end up marrying and or mating their "real" sibling and not know then they are stuck for life with a child with developmental problems because their mama was lying about who the baby daddy is because they could get more child support payments from some other guy. 
Then the poor kid is victimized a second time. Shame, shame, shame.
May 15, 2013 4:28PM
Wow, 2500 episodes of pure bullsh!t. This show is more fake than Joan Rivers' face.
May 15, 2013 4:11PM

Oh my, all the baby daddys that were found and NOT found.....


"Joe Bob, you ARE the father!"

May 15, 2013 4:06PM
His wife's name is Connie CHUNG, not Chang. 
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