'Dr. Phil' Denies Providing Drugs, Alcohol To 'Addict' Guests On The Show

Jay Jacobs
December 30, 2017

"That's a gift right there", Herzog told STAT and the Globe, but he added, "there should not be litres of vodka in my dressing room".

Guests said Dr. Phil has enabled their addiction problems by leaving alcohol in the dressing rooms and providing drugs to "calm their nerves". Todd believes it was a deliberate move to get him drunk to make for better TV. The 2007 "Survivor" victor said he was offered a Xanax to "calm his nerves" by a show staff member ahead of his taping.

Herzog wasn't the only one who shared his reported experience - several others featured on the show came forward and lodged similar complaints against the production. A joint investigation by the Boston Globe and the website Stat found multiple alleged incidents in which the show endangered guests.

"I had been drinking and took a Xanax, which I've never taken Xanax before in my life, and I know that can be a deadly combination, so why it was given to me, I don't know", Herzog stated.

Dr. Phil denied Leah's claims, and his show's rep Martin Greenberg said that Todd's claims are also "absolutely, unequivocally untrue". McGraw later scolded King-Parrish on the show for taking her daughter to buy drugs instead of taking her to the hospital. The host said he had "never talked to a guest who was closer to death". "Dr. Phil often embarrassed guests on his show in their darkest hour, leaving the staff to pick up the pieces of the broken people who had put their trust in Dr. Phil". Another woman, Joelle King-Parrish, accused the show of failing to provide medical attention to her pregnant, heroin-addicted daughter Kaitlin when she was a guest in 2016. The producer tagged along as they headed to Skid Row in search of drugs.

The show gave conflicting statements about the amount of medical supervision the show provides guests during their time in Los Angeles. The statement said that Herzog was "medically supervised the entire time he was involved with tapings of Dr. Phil", including by an unnamed nurse-practitioner who flew with Herzog to Los Angeles, an unnamed nurse who monitored him at night, and a third unnamed medical professional. "You know, I get that it's a television show and that they want to show the pain that I'm in", Herzog, who went on air seemingly intoxicated, said in the report.

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Smith says she doesn't remember the name of the producer, but claims that person advised her to stay quiet about the troubling recommendation. One guest had the support of show staff when buying heroin, a family member told the site.

"Addicts are notorious for lying, deflecting and trivialising".

Phil McGraw, 67, launched "Dr. Phil" in 2002 after he gained fame as a popular guest on "The Oprah Winfrey Show".

McGraw declined to comment to the publications.

Well, okay, Dr. Phil production crew, I tried to defend you and you broke my heart.

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