‘You Are The Father!’ Maury Povich Announces Paternity Results For Orangutan At Denver Zoo

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Daytime talk show host Maury Povich, who is well known for announcing the results of paternity tests on air, took his talents to the Denver Zoo for a big reveal.

The 84-year-old “Maury” host told waiting fans which male in the orangutan group fathered a four-month-old baby named Siska. The options were 30-year-old Berani or 16-year-old Jaya. 

The Denver Zoo had some fun with it, having Povich announce the baby’s paternity with his customary line, “You are the father!” in a video reveal posted to X on December 19.

“Fresh off receiving the Daytime Emmys Lifetime Achievement Honor, Maury Povich is here to help us announce the paternity results for Siska, our four-month-old Sumatran orangutan! Is Siska’s father thirty-year-old Berani or 16-year-old Jaya? Watch the video for the big reveal!” the zoo’s social media post said in the caption.

Povich donned a tuxedo and bow tie for the big moment.

“We want to thank the Denver Zoo for everything they do, but this is really important,” the talk show host said while holding an envelope with the test results.

“When it comes to the orangutan — 4-month-old Siska — Berani, you are  the father,” he continued as the screen split showed a photo of the two potential dads.

After the reveal, the video showed several people cheering and cut to an image of an orangutan, ostensibly Berani, swinging around in his enclosure.


“Berani is the father,” the people then said in unison, as the video drew to a close.

Though “Maury” is technically retired, he recently said he’d resume his DNA test reveals for Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, who have said publicly that there’s a chance they’re really brothers. 

“We could do primetime, ‘DNA: Maury’s Back With Woody and Matthew.’ I’ll even get my showtime color back in my hair,” Povich said in September. “Woody’s got my number. I’m ready.”

McConaughey told Kelly Ripa that his mom made him wonder if Harrelson might be related to him. 

“In Greece a few years ago, we’re sitting around talking about how close we are and our families. And my mom is there, and she says, ‘Woody, I knew your dad,’” McConaughey said at the time. “Everyone was aware of the ellipses that my mom left after ‘knew.’ It was a loaded K-N-E-W.”

The “Dallas Buyers Club” actor said he wasn’t sure if he wanted to take the test because of what it would mean to find out that the man who raised him potentially wasn’t his biological father.

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