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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."

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the way things stand now, the only way for this young woman is up i hope, i don't see how in the world it could hurt to have dr. phil come in and arrange some therapy, for pete's sake this person is a danger to herself and others, keep her away from those 2 precious little boys before she permanently scars these children for life, it's bad enough that she does the things that she does to herself, and it's about time the judge stopped her visitation, i was beginning to think she was going to have to physically harm one of them before the court got off it's butt to stop visitition, these celebrities get away with too much before someone does the right thing

2485 days ago


The last thing she needs right now is to sit on stage in front of the entire nation with a fake doctor. This is a private matter and she should be afforded the most appropriate way to deal with it. All the press and media attention surrounding her has done nothing to make her more stable. Brit's in trouble, but I don't think the answer is to appear on a national TV show with her parents. I personally think (with all the meds shes taking) she risks repeating the whole thing over again or hurting herself.

Cedars should've kept her...but even they probably couldn't wait to get her out of there.

2485 days ago


Can't stand Spears; she needs LOTS of help.

But Phil McGraw has just cast a bitter pall on the entire psychology profession, horrible, greedy, sleazy opportunist that he is. Now he REALLY disgusts me.

2485 days ago


To # 52 nana

A psychologist is an expert in psychology, the systematic investigation of the human mind, including behavior, cognition, and affect. Psychologists are usually categorized under a number of different fields, the most well-recognized being clinical and counseling psychologists, who provide mental health care and conduct substantive and applied research. Doctoral level trained psychologists are also the experts in the provision/administration and interpretation of psychological tests and assessment.

2485 days ago

Dave the pig    

For those of you who are fans of Britney - isn't some help better than no help at all?

I don't watch his show or know anything about him but I'd like to think that he is well-intentioned. At this point the story keeps changing so no one knows what really happened ......

2485 days ago


Britney should sue the hospital for allowing Dr. Phil there. Britney is 26 years old. Her parents have NO right to allow anyone to visit or treat their daughter from their permission. Dr. Phil does not have Britney's interest at heart. If he did, it would have been PRIVATE and no press releases to entertainment television shows. Dr. Phil should clean his own closets and stay out of Britney's. He has a son that married a playboy bunny. Is that healthy?? Dr. Phil is divorced. His first wife has made a few unpleasant statements about her life with him. Who knows what else is in his closets the world hasn't seen. He was a small town counselor that helped Oprah and she gave him this show. Without Oprah, he would still be counseling small town Texans only.

2485 days ago

chillout music girl    

37. The last time I looked...brittney spears wasn't a terrorist..letting her out of the hospital does not endanger you at all.... so what right do you have to call her a monster... She has some issues, but so does everyone in the world.. Her issues are only be magnified by the press/media as they hang unto her every move... Poor Michael Jackson had to adopt all kinds of bad disguises to walk around in the public...


2485 days ago


to are correct, but he is not a physician. He cannot prescribe medications for a mental illness such as bi polar or schizophrenia or any illness. That is the difference. Psychiatrists and psychologists can work together but the seriously mental diseases require a psychiatrist.

2485 days ago


How much you going to make from this one Lynne?

If anyone TRULEY had Brits interests at heart they would set her up with some PRIVATE counselling, not this shameless expolitation in front of the world?

Help? What the hell kind of help is this douche-bag going to provide? For anyone who has seen his show, 90% of it is about him, and 10% when he tells people to "get real".

The guy is a fraud, a phoney and should be in jail, PHD or not.

2485 days ago


Hey 'Patty'... Yes he is a real doctor, but he has no right discussing her. If he was treating her and spoke anything about her treatment, then she could have a very nice lawsuit on her hands. If you know anything about the medical field (which obviously you don't) then you would know that anyone treating a patient is legally obligated NOT to discuss their medical information. It is ILLEGAL!!! And even though we both know he is not treating her, it is in very poor taste to get ratings off of someone who needs help.

2485 days ago


The whole entire world knew she was at that hospital. He's not going to get into any trouble.

It is not against the law to confirm a patient is in the hospital. The only thing the HIPAA law protects is your medical history.

2485 days ago

who cares    

Rememebr who gave this quack his start. Thats right Oprha. That racist pig who is also supporting Obama. Dont be stupid vote for the muslim racist just cause that fat pig saids so. Use your own brain and don't fpollow anything she supports.
I want to know why she was even released. Please take her drivers lincence away before she kills an innocent person because she will mark my words and you hear it here 1st on TMZ

2485 days ago

Phikl is the Joel Olsteen of head games

Alot of talk

Reminds me of Rev Al

Nothing but BS

Have a great night

2485 days ago


I agree with all the comments about Dr. Phil being a media whore. All he cares about are his ratings. And if Britney's parents have really agreed to be on his show, then shame on them!

I can safely say that if I had a mental breakdown, my mother would be at my side trying to help me. She would not be taking money to appear on a t.v. show.

Granted, I'm not famous. But I believe you get the picture. A real mom cares and loves a daughter and will do everything to help and protect her. A real mom does not exploit a daughter.

2485 days ago


dam dat sux.

2485 days ago
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