'Montel' ending run after 17 years

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UPDATED 4:26 p.m. PT Jan. 30

"The Montel Williams Show" will end its run at the end of this season after 17 years on the air.

CBS Television Distribution, the syndicated show's producer and distributor, is offering a compilation series, the "Best of Montel," for fall, which includes 52 weeks of highlight episodes from the show.

"We have been honored to have 'Montel' as a part of our family for the past 17 years, and we're very excited that 'Montel' will live on through these 'best of' episodes," said John Nogawski, president and COO of CBS TV Distribution.

CBS TV Distribution's move mirrors one by Sony Pictures TV, which recently announced it will cease production on veteran court show "Judge Hatchett" after the end of its current eighth season and will cull from the series' library to present 52 themed weeks for fall.

In a statement, Williams said, "After spending the last 17 years as a talk show host and 22 years prior in the military, I'm looking forward to the opportunities the next 17 years bring."
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