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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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76.

rae    

ok ok its called
postpardom
all mothers get it
brook shields wrote a book on it
remember?
according to TOM CRUISE
all brit brit needs is vitamins and exersize
hello fellow the other CRAZIES

2447 days ago
77.

Missi    

57. 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.

Posted at 12:44AM on Jan 6th 2008 by anonMD

Dr. Phil would not need hospital privileges to speak with Britney if she had been discharged - she was no longer a patient and he was not there acting in any capacity that would require hospital priveleges - he was merely speaking with her, NOT treating her. Brush up on your legal knowledge please. Incidentally, her family has every right to ask anyone they damn well please to speak with her - she is not obligated to listen - and as the world has seen, Ms. Britney listens to no one. But, as you so aptly put it - "Parents of someone who is not a minor cannot give consent on her behalf unless they are designated caregivers if she is considered incapacitated." - which is EXACTLY the reason her family can do NOTHING about her behavior, they cannot force her to get treatment, they cannot commit her - their hands are tied. So for everyone who keeps squawking about how her family should do something, remember that they really can't.

2447 days ago
78.

Jolee    

Hey TMZ, read what people are saying about you on Myspace!


"Hello TMZ members...

Just wondering if you know that you are contributing to a multitude of the Spears' family sorrows. It appears you've had your cameras bugging everyone from Britney's mother all the way in LA (who was grieving her sister's death) to Robin McGraw, and your guy didn't even know who the hell she was!

I know you are doing a breathless job of reporting false statements about Britney's medical stay which by the way, is no one's business but Brit's and her family's.

I will not visit your site and I will get my unbiased information elsewhere.

Leave Britney alone.

Thanks,
A concerned fan of Britney

(I know this will not be read on TMZ or anything of that nature but I had to state my feelings. Sometimes they're funny with the Brit comments but when they're not being serious about her obviously serious health issue(s), I just cannot stand behind them.)

~Jolie S.~"

2447 days ago
79.

meltz11    

The room wasn't big enough for the 2 biggest media whores in the world.

2447 days ago
80.

tammy    

i have experienced the same life, just not public.... it is hard without the publicity. bs - get the crowd out of your life & take care of you & kids in your own privacy. Nothing is going to be easy....BUT easier to start now. oxoxox

2447 days ago
81.

tammy    

i have experienced the same life, just not public.... it is hard without the publicity. bs - get the crowd out of your life & take care of you & kids in your own privacy. Nothing is going to be easy....BUT easier to start now. oxoxox

2447 days ago
82.

Joe Beese    

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Have pity on a grieving mother. She's got to do something to make up the lost income inflicted by Jamie having been too dumb to remember to take her birth control pills.

2447 days ago
83.

SoHot    

One leetle thing, folks: has BS said she needs help? Has she asked for help? Does she perceive a problem with herself, or just others? Until she recognizes that she's a train wreck, no one can help her. She's a financially self-sufficient adult who apparently wants to be in control of her life. She hasn't hit rock bottom yet. And LA County and/or the State of CA are so scared to inconvenience a celebrity, she might outdo anything Paris or Lindsey ever dreamed of doing. So you might as well buckle up, because this ride is just beginning.

2447 days ago
84.

Patty    

#62 nana

he might not be able to prescribe but he IS able to advise

drugs aren't always the cure-all

2447 days ago
85.

Puh-lease    

Why on earth would Cedars let that quack onto the floor at all? He doesn't even have a license to treat patients, and it is against the law to release information on anyone held on the psych floor. In those situations, the hospital can't even confirm or deny whether they are there. You definitely can't see a psych patient unless they have placed you on their approved visitor list, and nobody is allowed visitors in the first 24 hours.

There is therefore something very wrong with this picture. Did quack-boy tell the hospital that he is her therapist? I cannot imagine any other reason why they'd let him in to see her that soon, and without her specific consent.

2447 days ago
86.

Donk    

#74 - Concerned Fan - Pray tell just how you plan to obtain "unbiased" info on Brit? Know her personally? Know her family?

Everyone reads TMZ these days - its quoted EVERWHERE - CNN, tabloids, news.

As Phil would day, "Get Real"

2447 days ago
87.

Patty    

Dr. Phil would not need hospital privileges to speak with Britney if she had been discharged - she was no longer a patient and he was not there acting in any capacity that would require hospital priveleges - he was merely speaking with her, NOT treating her. Brush up on your legal knowledge please. Incidentally, her family has every right to ask anyone they damn well please to speak with her - she is not obligated to listen - and as the world has seen, Ms. Britney listens to no one. But, as you so aptly put it - "Parents of someone who is not a minor cannot give consent on her behalf unless they are designated caregivers if she is considered incapacitated." - which is EXACTLY the reason her family can do NOTHING about her behavior, they cannot force her to get treatment, they cannot commit her - their hands are tied. So for everyone who keeps squawking about how her family should do something, remember that they really can't.

Posted at 12:56AM on Jan 6th 2008 by Whatever



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Finally.

2447 days ago
88.

Hyde    

I just lost what little respect I had for this idiot. LEAVE HER ALONE!! Sheesh, this is the last thing she needs. I wish I hadn't bought two of his books a couple of years ago. Bah.

2447 days ago
89.

Kelli    

OK, I'LL PLAY. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHO JOEL OLSTEEN IS? IF YA DON'T GOGGLE IT AND LETS DISCUSS IT NEXT MONTH!!

2447 days ago
90.

nancy    

I don't know if anyone from TMZ actually reads this stuff. I also wonder if they really just found out that Britney might have an affective disorder, or if they've known it all along and concealed it because she made good copy.

Anyway. Her parents seem clueless. Dr. Phil is a travesty. If there's ANYONE out there who wants to be fair to this young woman by at least presenting the reality of what she's going through and what troubles her (that is if she's truly bipolar)..do a Google search as follows:
center of excellence bipolar
Then start reading different sites. Also, on Johns Hopkins site, do a bipolar search. Hey TMZ--maybe you can actually do some real live research!

Isn't it time we quit being sicko voyeurs and tried walking a mile in her shoes? And isn't it time the media started being truth tellers about her illness, instead of just trying to capitalize on her troubles? I can't believe this is going on.

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