In August of 2018, Max Joseph announced he was leaving the show in a lengthy Instagram post, wherein he revealed the real motivation for his moving on. “For a while now I have been straddling two careers as TV host and filmmaker,” the former “Catfish” co-host wrote. “[W]hile this level of busy-ness is a dream come true, my life can no longer sustain it.
Long before he began helping the lovesick and lonely uncover the true natures and identities of their virtual romantic interests, Joseph was directing, filming, editing, and even starring in various short films and documentaries. In 2008, he made his directorial debut with the short “State of the Economy: Oil Addiction,” before going on to create a series of socially conscious documentary shorts that covered a range of topics, from the environment to education to immigration. Later, in 2015, he took a hiatus from “Catfish” (via The Sun) to create and complete his feature directorial debut, “We Are Your Friends.” Joseph both co-wrote the adapted screenplay and directed the film, and although it starred a hot-off-of-“Neighbors” Zac Efron, it failed to impress either critics or audiences (via Rotten Tomatoes).
Despite the disappointment of his feature debut, Joseph did indeed continue to work on various side projects both during and after his final season of “Catfish.”