No More Silver Fox: Max Joseph Is Leaving Catfish

There's never been a better time to be a scammer on the Internet.

Today, Catfish co-host Max Joseph announced that after seven years fighting the good fight against the liars, the cheaters and the scammers who spend their time tricking people online, he's leaving the show to pursue his love of filmmaking.

Describing his work on the show as "one of the most meaningful experiences of [his] life", he called his co-host Nev Schulman a "brother" and said: "our bromance has blossomed before your eyes".

Announcing the news via a Notes App screenshot, Max wrote that he had "been straddling two careers as TV host and filmmaker" and that his life could "no longer sustain it".

He added: "With Catfish still going strong after seven 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."

Nev also posted a statement on Twitter, calling the past seven seasons working with Max "a blast".

"As sad as I am that Max is leaving the show, it brings me great joy to know that he is following his heart," Nev wrote in an emotional post calling his co-host his best friend.

Previously, Max took a hiatus from filming the series to direct his debut feature film, We Are Your Friends. The film went onto have one of the worst opening weekends in cinematic history.

Catfish recently resumed production after being temporarily shut down while MTV investigated sexual misconduct allegations against Nev. In 2006, Nev was expelled from Sarah Lawrence College for punching a woman in the face at a school dance, an act he described as "self defence" in his 2014 memoir In Real Life: Love, Lies & Identity in the Digital Age.

While there's no word yet on who will replace Max for season eight, our money is on Nev's wife Laura Perlongo, who's been shoehorned into nearly every episode of season seven for literally no reason who has appeared in many episodes of season seven.

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