What Happened to Max From Catfish?

March 14, 2024

When MTV's hit reality series Catfish first debuted in 2012, the internet dating landscape was a much simpler place. Sure, scammers still populated social media, but the line between "bending the truth" and outright fraud was often blurred and near invisible. Based on Nev Schulman's real-life experience with an online "catfish" that spurred the 2010 documentary that would inspire his show, early episodes were compulsive viewing — even as many viewers knew deep down that the hopefuls featured on screen weren't necessarily who they claimed to be.

For seven seasons, Max Joseph acted as Schulman's sardonic, silver-haired digital investigator, complementing his borderline guileless optimism with a relatable dose of eye roll-inducing skepticism. But in 2018, he decided to leave the show, and while there was no hard feelings, he explained that he couldn't juggle filmmaking with hosting Catfish anymore.

After Joseph's departure, MTV enlisted a slew of guest hosts (Ellen King, Machine Gun Kelly, Kimiko Glenn, Slick Woods, and more) to fill in until Kamie Crawford was officially named as Schulman's permanent co-host ahead of Season 8. The former Miss Teen USA winner and host of the Relationsh*t podcast has added a new dimension to the show by offering an emotional connection between the hopefuls and their "catfish" while also bringing an additional female perspective.

We'll have to wait and see if Max ever gets the itch to return to the show, but for now, he's on board to help unmask more Internet fakes with Schulman whenever the need arises. Watch the newest episode of the MTV series tonight at 9 p.m. ET on MTV.

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