MTV’s docuseries Catfish has no shortage of crazy characters and tragic stories, but when it comes to happy endings? Not so much. Many couples featured on the show usually end things as soon as they meet each other for the first time in-person.
However, there are a few couples who decided to stay together anyway long after their episode ended, prompting us to wonder if any of those success stories are still together today. After all, surely there must be one couple who managed to walk down the aisle, right?
Eh, maybe not. Season 1’s Derek and Lauren were the first Catfish couple to get engaged on the show, prompting host Nev Schulman and Max Joseph to brag on their Twitter accounts about the potential first Catfish wedding.
Unfortunately, Derek and Lauren never made it down the aisle, and in 2014, the couple announced their amicable split to disappointed fans.
But a lot has changed about the series since it first aired in 2014. After spending seven seasons together with Nev as the ultimate investigative duo, Max left the show to pursue his career as a filmmaker.
“Hey guys, the time has come, sadly, for me to move on from Catfish. Working on this show for the last seven years has been one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. I’ve learned a lot about myself, my country and human nature in general. Nev and I have become brothers and our bromance has blossomed before your eyes,” Max said in a statement in August 2018.
“For a while now I have been straddling two careers as TV host and filmmaker and, while this level of busy-ness is a dream come true, my life can no longer sustain it,” he continued. “With Catfish still going strong after 7 seasons, 115 episodes, 31 specials and showing no sign of slowing down, I feel it is finally the time for me to make my exit. Although I have a heavy heart, I am also excited for everything that’s to come for myself, for Nev, for our crew and for the show. Thank you for watching, thank you for the love and for the memes.”
Nev continued to film the following episodes with celebrity guest hosts until they found Max’s permanent replacement, Kamie Crawford. The former Miss Teen USA 2010 made her official debut as a cohost on the show in 2020 for season 8.
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After Max left the show, Nev exclusively told In Touch in November 2018 that switching out hosts gave the series a new energy. “Bringing in new cohosts who are both intelligent and passionate and legitimate fans of the show just brought in a whole new excitement and energy and passion and really, totally refreshed vibe for me,” he said at the time.
“What was so nice too, is like, you know Max thinks and says things differently than me,” he continued. “I think fans have sort of become accustomed to our duality, and it was so nice to have new personalities come on who can say new things, who can call people out in a way that I can’t call people out, who can relate to things or experiences, in a way that Max and I simply can’t.”
In January 2019, Nev opened up about the things he misses most about working with Max. “I think probably his sense of humor. He always knew how to make a great, very biting joke or a perfect pun. And our shared love for Phil Collins,” he exclusively told In Touch. “And just to be able to, you know what it is? It’s a very similar catalog of references. I can reference things and Max will always know exactly what I’m talking about when sometimes no one else will.”
Even though Max is no longer a part of the show, he will always be part of the show’s legacy of finding out the truth and bringing loved ones together — and there have been plenty of couples who managed to find love after the show. Check out the gallery below to see which couples are still together and which ones called it quits.
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