James Lipton exits ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ after 25 years

James Lipton is leaving “Inside the Actors Studio” as its host and executive producer, Ovation TV announced Monday.

The 92-year-old Lipton created the show in 1994 that features his one-on-one interviews with A-list film and television stars about the evolution of their careers. It will be moving from its long-time home on Bravo to Ovation TV in the Fall of 2019, where a rotating list of guest hosts will conduct the interviews.

“It’s very gratifying to see the legacy of ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ being carried forward for a new generation to appreciate and enjoy,” Lipton said in a statement.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: James Lipton attends the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: James Lipton attends day 1 of the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 24: James Lipton attends Dave Chappelle Birthday Celebration at TAO Uptown on August 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Cassidy Sparrow/Getty Images for TAO Group)
INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO -- 'Scarlett Johansson' -- Pictured: (l-r) James Lipton, Scarlett Johansson -- (Photo by: Anthony Behar/Bravo)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: James Lipton attends The Hollywood Reporter's 35 Most Powerful People In Media 2017 on April 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: Viola Davis (L) and James Lipton attend the 'Fences' New York Screening - After Party at Tavern on the Green in New York City on December 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO -- 'The Cast of Girls' -- Pictured: (l-r) Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, James Lipton, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet -- (Photo by: Anthony Behar/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: Kedakai Turner and James Lipton attend the 2016 New York City Center Gala at New York City Center on October 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Actor/writer James Lipton attends the 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards held at Microsoft Theater on September 11, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): James Lipton and Justin Long -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: James Lipton -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: TV personality James Lipton attends the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 11: James Lipton attends the 22nd Annual Caron New York Gala on May 11, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: James Lipton, american writer, lyricist, actor and dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in New York City attends the 'Joy' New York premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 27: James Lipton and Kedakai Turner in attendance at the 2015 New York City Center Gala: 'Annie Get Your Gun' In Concert - Dinner at The Plaza Hotel on October 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/Getty Images)
INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO -- 'Sara Silverman' -- Pictured: James Lipton -- (Photo by: Anthony Behar/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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“I made a vow early on that we would not deal in gossip — only in craft, and Ovation, as a network to the arts, will continue that tradition with the next seasons of the series,” he added. “I’m excited to see the new hosts engage with the guests and students and continue to entertain viewers in the U.S. and around the world.”

The show began as a craft seminar for students at New York’s Actors Studio Masters program at Pace University, and was a joint venture between the Actors Studio and New School University. Paul Newman was the first of Lipton’s more than 200 guest interviews that included everyone from Brad Pitt to Barbra Streisand, and from Clint Eastwood to Martin Scorsese.

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