Dr Phil Guests Claim They Were Supplied With Alcohol
Everyone knows about the daytime talk show Dr. Phil that you’d mainly only watch if you were home sick from school or work. Over the years, Phil McGraw has positioned himself as a trusted advisor to those dealing with mental health, suffering from addiction or dealing with complicated family dynamics.
However, several former guests on McGraw’s show Dr. Phil have come out with explosive claims that the show’s staff gave them alcohol on set and told them where to gain drugs.
A joint exposé from STAT and The Boston Globe reveal that guest Todd Herzog arrived sober at a 2013 taping of Dr. Phil, only to find a bottle of vodka in his dressing room. The Survivor: China winner was on the show as a recovering alcoholic.
Herzog claims that he was “unable to resist” the vodka and ended up drinking it before being given a Xanax by a show staffer to “calm his nerves”. He then went on to appear on the show completely intoxicated and had to be carried onto the set.
Vodka appearing in his dressing room wasn’t a one-off. Herzog told STAT/The Boston Globes that he went on to appear on the show two more times and found another bottle of vodka in 2014 in his dressing room, but he was able to resist drinking it. Herzog said, “You know, I get that it’s a television show and that they want to show the pain that I’m in. However, what would have happened if I died there? You know, that’s horrifying. I’m grateful in a lot of ways for the show. For getting me help in the nicest places in the country… [but] there should not be litres of vodka in my dressing room.”
The director of professional affairs Martin Greenberg has said through a statement that Herzgorg was given neither vodka or Xanax and that, “We do not do that with this guest or any other”.
Other claims from former guests have now surfaced. Marianna Smith took her heroin-addicted niece Jordan on the show in 2012 and just as she was beginning to experience withdrawals prior to taping, a producer told them to go to LA’s Skid Row to get some heroin.
Joelle King-Parrish took her six month pregnant daughter Kaitlin on the show due to her being addicted to heroin. When Kaitlin begins to suffer from withdrawal, Joelle claims that a staff member told her to “take care of it” and she ended up taking her daughter to hospital, feating for the baby’s life. When she brought her back to the studio, a staffer reportedly joined them to search for heroin in Skid Row. Footage of the ordeal was aired in the show.
Staff from the TV show have hit back at the claims and accusations. Greenberg further stated that, “Addicts are notorious for lying, deflecting and trivialising. But if they are at risk when they arrive, then they were at rick before they arrived. The only change is that they are one step closer to getting help, typically help that they could not have come close to affording,” and that the show’s guests were never provided with alcohol or told where to purchase drugs.
Phil McGraw declined to comment for the STAT and The Boston Globe article.