No mo' Montel after this year

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One of the talk show circuit's warhorses is calling it a career.

Montel Williams, the host of The Montel Williams Show, is stepping down from his job after this season. The Montel Williams Show has been on the air for 17 years.

The announcement was made at the National Association of Television Program Executives convention being held in Las Vegas, according to TVWeek.com. It is unclear whether the decision was Williams' or if the station decided to pull the plug. It's likely a combination of both, as Williams has alluded to pursuing another career path in the past.

Even though Williams is hanging up the microphone after this season, he will still be seen on several affiliates. Stations that had planned on airing The Montel Williams Show next year will be able to do so in a "best-of" Montel Williams package--basically a year's worth of reruns of his best shows.

Williams won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host in 1996 for his work on The Montel Williams Show, and was nominated two other times (2001, 2002).

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