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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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Nancy    

NO, as a matter of fact I didn't watch his show. Hearing about it is enough! HAHAHAHAHAHA!

2379 days ago
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Shirley Hare    

Phil has gotten way too big for his britches, Robin should get out now while the getting is good and before she loses her credibility, too.

2375 days ago
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canyonman    

Dr Phil part of the Oprah crowd needs to give up his show. His actions are deplorable and I expect Oprah will keep her distance from him. Investigation is needed in this self induced Hollywood frenzy for fame and money.Ionce said he was a self promoter. Am I right?

Get experts who want to really help and stay out of the limlight.

Canyonman

2375 days ago
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Cherl    

If he was going to have anyone on his stupid ass show than he should have had the poor girl who was beat up & kept in the house against her will. And than she has to deal with the video taped beating going out for the whole world to see..... Dr. Phil (and I use the term Dr very very loosely) needs to be removed from the airwaves, he is a moron....

2373 days ago
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liz    

"Dr." Phil needs to examine his recent behavior with a GOOD therapist.

2373 days ago
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Johnny    

Dr fill his pockets with money is at it again using people for his own gain maybe he should be real with himself and realize what a jackass he actually is!

2372 days ago
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