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Dr. Phil -- Screwed from the Bottom

4/13/2008 9:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned Dr. Phil's legal document wielding, cash-carrying, tough guy was not a supervising producer on the show. He was not an assistant producer. He was not a producer. He was not even close to being a producer. He was a production assistant. Think intern with a paycheck.
Here's the way it all went down: The good Doc's executive staff sent a seasoned producer down to Florida, along with a P.A. to chase the story of 8 teens who allegedly beat a classmate on tape. We're told the folks back home were horrified when they saw Mr. Large-and-In-Charge putting the smackdown on local reporters after springing 17-year-old Mercades Nichols from the pokey. We're told execs on the show were pissed that the experienced producer allowed the P.A. to be in a position to embarrass the show in front of the cameras.

The bigger question -- who hatched the plan to pay the bail for the woman accused of kidnapping and videotaping the brutal beating? The show issued a statement saying certain staff members "went beyond their guidelines," but the buzz on the Paramount lot is that it would be impossible for the producer to pay the $3,300 for the bail and put up $33,000 in collateral without the full knowledge and approval of higher-ups on the show.

The plan could have been pulled off, but after the P.A. mouthed off publicly, Phil's battleship was sunk somewhere off the Florida coast.

We contacted Phil's people an hour ago, who responded by saying they "have no additional comment."

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o    

haha

2353 days ago
2.

Sarah Jones    

DR. PHIL (HE'S NO LONGER A DR. FOR GOD'S SAKE) - ANYWHO, PHIL IS A QUACK AND A MONEY GRUBBING
WHORE. HOW DARE HE USE BRITNEY SPEARS FOR RATINGS. NOW HE IS USING THESE AWFUL TEENS
AND BAILING THEM OUT FOR RATINGS. THAT BALD WHORE NEEDS HIS ASS KICKED.

2353 days ago
3.

Mr. Hat    

Dr. Phil made a deplorable situation worse.
He should be ashamed. I guess he really has no substance to him.

2353 days ago
4.

Mr. Hat    

Whoa Maria!
Why don't you say what you really mean?

2353 days ago
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Joanie    

HERE WE GO AGAIN, REWARDING BAD BEHAVIOR.....WHY MAKE THEM CELEBRITIES????? THIS IS WHY WE HAVE SO MANY LOSER TEENS IN THIS WORLD...THIS FILM SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ALLOWED ON YUTUBE, THEY SHOULD DISCOURAGE THIS CRAP......PUNISH THEM, DON'T REWARD THEM....THE SAME GOES FOR HOLLYWOOD SO CALLED STARS WITH BAD BEHAVIOR..

2353 days ago
6.

who dat    

Phil is a bag of gas in a three piece suit.

2353 days ago
7.

Jean    

Actually, I was hoping Dr. Phil would have those teens on his show. Seriously, he would have asked them straight up, WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?!?

I don't think Dr. Phil was exploiting anyone. For this season, he is reporting on major events and this was one of them. I was really hoping he would have those girls on his show so he can teach them a thing or two. Because, as of recently, those girls saw NOTHING WRONG with what they did. A lecture from Dr. Phil would have changed their minds.

2353 days ago
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Pat    

So, how do you spell "Dr. Phil?????" J-E-R-R-Y S-P-R-I-N-G-E-R!!!

2353 days ago
9.

Blake    


the 3300 bail WAS the 33,000 collateral.

That's what bail IS!

10% of collateral

2353 days ago
10.

Twinker    

Until Dr. Phil himself makes a comment, I will assume he would rather see these girls rot in jail before helping them one bit...

2353 days ago
11.

nick    

dr phil is a MORON now

2353 days ago
12.

Tasha    

Some flunky had the power to write a $3300 check and guarantee collateral without the powers that be knowing about it? It looks like Dr. Phil got busted and now he's trying to save face. That little monster should still be in jail thinkng about what she did to that girl, how she's ruined her own life . Not to mention the financial burden put on her parents in finding a lawyer to defend her sorry ass.

2353 days ago
13.

FlBiker    

I'm happy to say I have never seen these fatass's show. He looks like an assistant manager from a Perkin's.

2353 days ago
14.

Kay    

Ugh. Enough of this bloated one-man ego trip.

2353 days ago
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She looks great    

Give us a break, #8. You obviously work for Phil, or you are Phil.

This kind of garbage tv and medical quackery must stop. The reason teens pull vicious stunts like this and post it on You Tube is to get on tv. Shows like Phil ultimately encourage this kind of behavior and reinforce the sick culture.

Regardless, Phil is hardly qualified - either professionally or ethically - to deal with a problem of this profundity and severity.

Thanks, Oprah, for the gift of Phil. First Phil, then phony biographers, then Obama. Any other plagues you want to unleash on us?

2353 days ago
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