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Brit Blindsided by Phil -- Hospital Acts Curiously

1/6/2008 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned Dr. Phil's visit with Britney Spears was not exactly as advertised.

People on the 7th floor at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center say the doctor arrived about 7:30 AM Saturday. We're told Britney did not invite him in; she didn't even know he was coming. Sources say it was Brit's parents who told Dr. Phil to go to the hospital. When he walked into her room, we're told, a blindsided Britney walked out -- and eventually came back.

Sources say Phil tried speaking with Spears for about 15 minutes -- not an hour as Dr. Phil's press release states -- but she wanted none of it. We're told Phil was doing almost all the talking. As for walking with her to the car on her way out -- again, as his release states -- we're told if he was walking behind her, that's news to her. She absolutely was not accompanied by him.

Sources say Dr. Phil somehow convinced Brit's mom and dad to be on his show, which will tape Monday and air Tuesday (it was just moved up a day), but as one person put it, "Based on the interaction between Dr. Phil and Britney this morning, it'll be a cold day in hell before Britney goes on his show." We're told she absolutely will not appear on the program.

Sources say Dr. Phil wants to do a television intervention, something that isn't sitting well with some of the people who have known for a while that Britney has a very serious mental condition -- likely a bipolar disorder that is now in the red zone.

TMZ contacted Cedars to find out why the hospital let a television doctor on a floor that has such fragile patients, particularly since Britney had no idea he was coming. It's especially troublesome that Cedars let Dr. Phil go uninvited to Britney's room, since she had already been discharged and presumably had a right to know if someone wanted to visit. A Cedars rep made it short and sweet, telling us, "No comment."

A rep from the "Dr. Phil" show had no comment as well, other than "Dr. Phil met with Ms. Spears at family members' invitation."

Britney's Meltdown

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31.

Kathleen    

It seems to me as is Lynne is trying to get as much cash out of her children any way she can. She sold the story about Jamie's pregnancy, and now she's doing a talk show about Britney's mental disorder?

No wonder her children are so screwed up; look who they had as a role model.

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Patty    

"It is against the Federal HIPPA regulations to confirm a patient's presence on a psychiatric ward."

Really?? Then how come the whole world knew??

Oh, and it's HIPAA.

2449 days ago
33.

DIANE T    

What? Dr. Phil lied? Sounds to me that Lynn Spears found another way to make money on the back of her daughter. Disgusting!

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34.

Anita    

What the hell is WRONG with Brit's parents?

Is there anything her mother won't do to sell out her daughter?

How stupid s that dumb bitch to allow her daughter to be treated by such exploitative people as Dr. Phil? He's just using her to further his show.

No wonder Brit has prolems. She never had any decent parenting herself, so how is she supposed to know how to act.

The mother is the crazy one. She ought to be protecting her daughter but instead she is throwing her to the wolves.

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35.

R.E.A.    

I'm glad that Britney refused to have anything to do with Dr. Phil. Dr. Phil is a big, mean, loud-mouthed bully. Good for you, Britney! Stay away from the jerk! I think Dr. P. is more concerned with his show's ratings, rather than helping Britney. And, considering the poor mental state she is in, going on aTV talk show is the worst possible thing she could do. Any counseling she receives should be done in absolute privacy between the counselor/doctor and Britney. And, whatever the outcome of that counseling, if she actually gets it, should be kept in the strictest confidence between patient and doctor. Just as lawyers have a term: "Attorney-Client Privilege". The same rule applies to doctors and patients. It is against the law to blab the results of the counseling to the media.

Several years ago, when Dr. Phil first started his talk show, it was wonderful - but just for the first 2 seasons. After that it degenerated into a psychological version of the Jerry Spriger Show.

So, dear Britney - stay strong and please stay away from that creep showman Dr. Phil. Bless you and good luck.

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36.

nancy    

Cedar's should be nailed for this. From the sound of it, ANYONE could've walked into Brit's room. Sue the s.o.b.s. Also investigate Cedar's policy.

I don't call Phil "Dr. Phil" because he's a fake doctor. Look at it this way--I have a friend with a Ph.d. in Library Science. That means she can call herself Dr. Betty and do a therapy TV show? Phil as a psychologist is not qualified to diagnose or treat bipolar disorder. If he was truly concerned, he wouldn't try to do ANYTHING on his dumbass talk show!

Finally--Brit's parents don't have one right in the world to give "approval" for Phil to barge in on Ms. Spears. She's an adult. He is an opportunist and a snake oil artist. If her parents are clueless, they should start learning--they should be talking to true professionals in the fields of medicine, affective disorders (bipolar) and so forth. Not to a jerk like Phillip.

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37.

anonMD    

If what is reported is true, Dr. Phil is possibly in VERY hot water for numerous violations--he likely does not have hospital priviledges at Cedars or a license to practice in CA, and may have violated HIPAA. Parents of someone who is not a minor cannot give consent on her behalf unless they are designated caregivers if she is considered incapacitated. CA State Medical Board should be examining this entire incident very seriously.

2449 days ago
38.

sickofBrit    

If anyone can help her Dr Phil can I have seen a couple of guest from his show in my town receiving rehab treatment from La Hacienda and they were both doing well . He is for real people If she will let him ,he just may very well save her life and that would be great for herself and her boys .

2449 days ago
39.

MC    

What is wrong with Cedars lately? One mis-hap after another; first the Quaid babies and now Britney. From all media reports I have read, Britney is still a danger to society....not only to herself, but also to her babies and the public. To release her is a disaster to happen. She has no sense of responsibility. Gets into her car and recklessly drives erratically all over the local streets. When is she going to kill an innocent person? Apparently her parents have no more sense than she does to not intervene and have her committed. Please, do not let her have those babies back or we may possibly be reading about them in the paper. I don't care what she does to herself but it is the innocent people involved that worry me.
God help us all from monsters like her.

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40.

why?    

DR. PHIL AND BRITNEY'S PARENTS ARE TRYING TO RIGHT SOMETHING THAT HAS GONE TERRIBLY WRONG. DR. PHIL IS MOST LIKELY TRYING TO KEEP OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE FROM GOING DOWN THIS SAME PATH, AND BRITNEY'S LIFE RIGHT NOW IS A GOOD EXAMPLE. HE TACKLES THE ISSUES HEAD ON, AND YOU HAVE TO RESPECT THAT. YOU GUYS SHOULD BE BLAMING THE PAPS AND TABLOIDS THAT PAY PHOTOGRAPHERS BIG $$ TO CATCH THIS YOUNG WOMEN AT THE WORST MOMENTS POSSIBLE. WE ALL CREATED THE DEMON ON BRITNEY'S BACK BY BUYING THE MAGAZINES AND WATCHING HER EVERY MOVE. HOW CAN SHE GET BETTER WHEN SHE HAS NO ROOM TO BREATHE.

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41.

Pat    

WELL AT LEAST BRITANY HAS ENOUGH BRAIN CELLS TO REALIZE WHEN SOMEONE ELSE IS TRYING TO MAKE A BUCK OFF OF HER. SHE DOESN'T NEED TO BE ON TELEVISION FOR DR. PHIL OR ANYONE ELSE. SHE NEEDS TO GET THE HELP SHE NEEDS. THE LAST THING SHE SHOULD HAVE IS SOMEONE ELSE KNOCKING ON HER DOOR WANTING TO MAKE MONEY OFF OF HER. NO WONDER SHE IN SUCH A STATE. IF SHE TRULY IS BI POLAR AND I HAVE A DAUGHTER THAT IS THINGS LIKE THIS CAN REALLY SET HER OFF. ESPECIALLY IF SHE IS NOT TAKING THE PROPER MEDICATION FOR HER BI POLAR. WHAT THIS POOR GIRL REALLY NEEDS IS TO BE AWAY FROM THE PRESS, AWAY FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHERS GO SOMEWHERE WHERE SHE CAN WALK OUTSIDE WITHOUT A CAMERA BEING SHOVED IN HER FACE. GET THE PROPER HELP SHE NEEDS WITHOUT BEING AFRAID OF EVERY PERSON THAT WALKS UP TO HER. SO IT LOOKS LIKE ONCE AGAIN HER MOTHER IS TRYING TO MAKE MONEY OFF OF HER KIDS. WASN'T THE ONE MILLION SHE GOT FOR RELEASING THE STORY OF HER OTHER DAUGHTERS PREGNANCY ENOUGH? MY GOD BOTH OF THOSE GIRLS NEED A NEW MOTHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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42.

Giggles    

They're all a bunch of fame whores.

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43.

suzie roberts    

That is CRAZY SICK!!! Has anyone seen this site? Full of crazy info. I'm just say'n.. newsoftheworld.co.uk/0601_britney.shtml

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44.

Boy About Town    

Dr.Phil is nithing but a dirt bag trying to cash in on a sad situation!!!! I can not believe he has the nerve to put out a press release in the middle of this mess, shame!

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45.

anita    

my God, this is sick. I am not surprised however, a while back Dr.Phil had a show about Britney making all sorts of assumptions based on media reports. He has also had trouble in the past with the medical board, he has been reviewed in the past for inappropriate behaviour with a client. He was also unsuccessful as a private practitioner. Dr.Phil is a media whore. That poor woman, if she were anyone else she would be getting the help she needs, people treat her as an obbject.

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