NBC will keep Maury talking for years

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Maury Povich has signed a new multiyear contract to continue hosting his syndicated talk show, Maury, it's distributor said Monday.

The details of Povich's new agreement were being kept under wraps, including the financial terms and the exact length of the deal. NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution would say only that the new agreement "will keep [Povich] hosting the hit talk show for years to come," but it's believed to cover a three-year term.

Povich has been hosting the show since 1998. He previously hosted The Maury Povich Show for distributor Paramount Domestic Television from 1991-98 but moved his talker to Universal after signing a deal that reportedly offered him $9 million a year for three years.

During the 2004-05 season, Maury averaged a 2.9 household rating, down 3 percent from the previous season, according to Nielsen Media Research, positioning it as the No. 4 syndicated talker behind The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Phil, and Live With Regis and Kelly. The show, which kicked off its eighth season Monday, airs in more than 98 percent of the US.