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Dr. Phil to "ET" -- The Family Speared Me

1/7/2008 9:28 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Dr. Phil responded to the TMZ stories reporting that psychiatric professionals questioned Cedars permitting the TV doc into Britney Spears' hospital room without her prior knowledge or consent.
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Here's what he said about his visit on Saturday morning on today's "Early Show": "I want to set the record straight. I went to see Britney at the request of her family. I talked to Lynne, Jamie, and Brian, because they were frustrated that she wasn't going to be held for a longer time."

Asked how he had come to be involved in the saga, Dr. Phil said, "Thursday night, the phone rang, it was Lynne, clearly she was very upset. Any parent would be. I was first contacted by her family a year ago, and had maintained a running dialogue for the last year or so."

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Chris Zittritsch    

Who is this guy and why do so many of you watch his show?Just because way back when Oprah endorsed him you all think he's the next Messiah.No wonder the worlds going to hell in a handbasket.Too many gullible people out there with no life who need their fix of tragedy from others to fullfill their own.

2269 days ago
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PatinNJ    

Liar. Phony. BS artist.

2296 days ago
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Donn    

Dr Phil will do anything for his show....My question is this...Will he do anything to help Britney Spears if it is not televised?

2296 days ago
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Donn    

Would he help Britney if he did not get a show out of it?? Or, is just interested in ratings? Britney might talk to him if she thought that she could trust him!

2296 days ago
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who cares    

what can it hurt? the bitch is friggin nuts n needs all the help she can get no matter where it comes from
one flew over the cuckoos nest

2296 days ago
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Mr Balls Deep    

Britney's not stupid, she knows what's going on. Dr. Phil is just like everyone else, they just want a piece of her. They all want to make money off of her.

2296 days ago
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Wally    

What a jerk...If Oprah didn't fund that stupid show...this guy would be a nobody...What a ego trip this dude is on!...Go away Phil, and all the old ladies that watch that retard show.

2296 days ago
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asl    

Did he ever address the question if what he was doing was ethical or not? Even if he did go there at her family's request, why does he have to advertise the visit? If I had a child with the serious problems Britney has, the last thing I'd want for any of the medical personel involved to do would be to air their opinions on TV.
Dr. Phil should be ashamed of himself.

2296 days ago
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W T F ?    

I'm glad Britney blew him off. Now, if only there was someone who was objective she'd listen to that wasn't in it for her money. It's clear that she doesn't want anything to do with her family and I can't blame her for that.

2296 days ago
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Tangie    

California is the state of nutjobs.

2296 days ago
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Party 'till you die!    

What's so new about this? I thought this already came out from the very first reports. It is also the possible escape clause for Phil. All he has to do is say that he was visiting at the request of family friends to lend a hand. You would have to prove that he was there to 'treat' her. That's just not going to happen. This is just a filler story.

2296 days ago
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just my input    

give the guy a break...there are so many haters on this website....calm down people! He wants to try to talk some sense into this girl so she will get psychiatric help........calm the f--- down!!!!

2296 days ago
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Lilarose    

"Doctor" Phil:

Please just BUTT OUT!

Not everyone things you're so great on your show. I seldom watch it.

2296 days ago
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Tangie    

ATTENTION countries other than the USA: California doe not represent the entire United States. This is the state where most of the crazy people of the country live.

2296 days ago
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Marc    

I'm a physician. Britney Spears is a grown woman, not a dependant child.
The hospital should have never allowed his interference without her explicit permission.
For him to have then released a "press release" without her explicit permission is unethical.
He is not accountable to any medical board, as he is not a physician.
But the hospital has some 'splanin to do, as Lucy would put it.

2296 days ago
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