“The Marilyn Denis Show,” a popular Canadian talk show, is bidding farewell after an impressive 13-season run. The weekday program, produced by Bell Media, will air its final episode on Friday, June 9, marking the end of over 2,000 episodes in front of a live studio audience in Toronto.
Host Marilyn Denis, visibly emotional, made the announcement during the April 13 episode of the show. She shared, “Today, I have a heartfelt announcement to make, and it’s not easy for me.” She went on to reveal, “After 13 amazing seasons, I’ve made the decision that this will be the final season of our show. I want to clarify that I’m not retiring, and I’m in excellent health. While I’ll be turning 65, life is truly wonderful, and I’m excited about dedicating more time to my family.”
Leading up to the grand finale, there are numerous celebratory events in the pipeline, including surprises for the audience, appearances by special guests, and memorable highlights from past episodes, according to Bell Media.
Denis, often referred to as “Canada’s Queen of Daytime,” boasts a television career spanning 34 years. Following the conclusion of “The Marilyn Denis Show,” she will continue her endeavors by co-hosting the radio program “Marilyn Denis and Jamar” and hosting her podcast, “Marilyn Denis Does a Podcast.”
“The Marilyn Denis Show” made its debut on January 10, 2011, with actor James Denton from “Desperate Housewives” as its inaugural guest. Throughout its first week, the show also featured performances by singer Josh Groban and appearances by Canadian actor-director Jason Priestley.
Before taking the helm of “The Marilyn Denis Show,” she graced screens for 19 years as a part of “Cityline.” She briefly stepped away from television for 2.5 years to support the construction of a new studio and spend time with her ailing mother, who passed away in 2010.
A spokesperson from Bell Media confirmed that the staff currently working on “The Marilyn Denis Show” will continue their roles within the company.
Denis expressed her sentiments in a release, saying, “Hosting a national television show has been a career highlight and such a rewarding and fulfilling chapter in my life. However, after more than three decades of juggling my radio show with a daytime series, I’m ready to step back and focus on my family and other projects.” She also extended her gratitude to her team, experts, guests, and the loyal viewers who have welcomed her into their lives.
Dave Daigle, Vice-President of Local TV, Radio, and Bell Media Studios, added, “Marilyn is a trailblazer with a relatable and authentic approach that has made her a much-beloved figure in Canadian broadcasting and to viewers across the country. While we are truly sad to see ‘The Marilyn Denis Show’ end, we are proud to have been the home of this incredible series. We will miss seeing Marilyn on TV every day, but we are happy she’ll remain with the company on CHUM 104.5. I want to thank Marilyn and the production team for their dedication as they made the show a destination for our viewers and guests alike.”