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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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31.

Joanne Norton    

Fantastic idea to keep a list of his sponsors and then "ignore" them all or even better, contact THEM and let them know how appalling it is to be advertising on his show!! What a sleeze. TMZ I hope you keep on this until his big bald head gets buried in the ground.

2383 days ago
32.

Deetch    

Great post #18.....I laughed my butt off on that one....although it is an insult to every Perkin's Assistant Manager out there!!! Of course, they all have more integrity than "Doctor" Phil has, which is NONE!!!! Doctor my ass!!!!

2383 days ago
33.

Jim    

LOL...I could see Jerry Springer bailing out this team for 'higher fight ratings'...but a 'Dr Quack'?...who himself has anger issues and beat his wife.does he see himself in this teen anf feels remorse?...Dr Phi is nothing but a Cult and greedy money monger at the expense of others...welcome to the Al Sharpton,Jesse Jackson Club.

2383 days ago
34.

Baseball Junkie    

I find it very hard to believe that this "young intern" could take $3300 of the show's money and find the collateral for the rest without the senior producer knowing about it. Is this "intern" a trust-fund baby who can take it out of petty cash? I think the producer knew about it and probably told Dr. Phil and now their just trying to cover their assets.


hahaha, that was several games ago. Since then we've taken 2 out of 3 from the Tigers and so far we've split the series with the Yankees. It's early days yet. I'll worry about the Blue Jays in September.

Go Sox

2383 days ago
35.

bobcebu    

It's about time that people stop watching his show. It's full of BS.

2383 days ago
36.

tami    

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

Posted at 9:57PM on Apr 13th 2008 by FlBiker
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Hahahahahaaaa!

You hit it right on the head.

He really does look like a Perkins assistant manager!!

2383 days ago
37.

MLR    

STICK WITH ELLEN , SHE IS ENTERTAINING HAS GREAT GUESTS AND JUST AN UPLIFTING FUNNY SHOW TO WATCH.....THE HELL WITH THE STUPIDITY OF THE LIKES OF MR BAD ASS DR PHIL.

2383 days ago
38.

blondie    

This is NOT a therapy issue. This is a JAIL TIME issue. Dr. Phil is giving those little monsters exactly what they were hoping for. The poor kid who was beaten probably thought these girls were her friends ... until they knocked her cold.

2383 days ago
39.

just wondering    

Baseball Junkie....ok...see u in Sept!!!....wonder what that song was abt anyways??

2383 days ago
40.

Wade Sanders, Esq.    

To the Management of TMZ:

You reported: "We're told the folks back home were horrified when they saw Mr. Large-and-In-Charge putting the smack down on local reporters..." "Smack Down" indeed. If that is your version of accurate reporting then your journalistic integrity and ethics are certainly no better than Dr. Phil's. Any objective viewing of the video coverage reveals a young man politely and quitely stating he had "no comment" in spite of the obnoxious and repeated badgering by clearly rookie press. If the powers that generate TMZ want to be taken seriously, they may want to consider a factual approach to reporting, otherwise it is no better than the trash peddled at the grocery check-out lane...pulp for the ill-informed and uneducated.

Cheers

2383 days ago
41.

just wondering    

STRAYING ALERT!!...the Sternoids r at it again!! love it.

2383 days ago
42.

Baseball Junkie    

I think there was a typo in the headline. That should be "Dr. Phil was screwed IN the bottom" not FROM the bottom.

Go Sox

2383 days ago
43.

Jack    

YOUR FAVORITE STERNOIDS ARE AT IT!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA

2383 days ago
44.

MsWaldo    

Those teenagers need to sit in jail for a very long time. No one should bail them out. If Dr. Phil doesn't quit sticking his nose where it doesn't belong....for ratings sake, i.e., more money in his pocket (as if he needs more!) his show will soon go by the wayside. I watch his show but this is getting tiring now. Those kids need to learn a good lesson and no amount of "counseling" from Dr. Phil will make it right!!!!!!

2383 days ago
45.

just wondering    

FOUR SEASONS......yes, I think it was them who did .." See you in September"....anyways....Baseball Junkie you are a wealth of knowledge....what happens in Sept????....NOT playoffs!!!!....isn't baseball like hockey...it goes on forever???????...grrrrrrr...mother of 4 boyz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2383 days ago
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