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Dr. Phil's Moment of Truth

4/24/2008 11:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

It's sweeps again in television land and since he can't exploit Britney Spears or a teenage girl accused of being the ringleader of a high school beatdown -- Dr. Phil has turned to ripping off a popular reality show.

TMZ TV exposed how the good doc's using a polygraph, a child molestation victim, and fancy graphics all in the name of ratings.

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31.

get over it    

You know this is pretty good stuff. Do you really think that Dr. Phil goes out on the street corner and "beg" these nut cases to come on his show??? They write to him and he selects the ones that he probably thinks will build ratings as well as hopefully helping the people who asked for his help.

Now it is not his fault that people like Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton give his so much fauder do to their own imature, irresponsible, stupid, inconsiderate behavior. ALL OF THESE "GIRLS" CAN AFFORD DRIVERS AND HAVE MORE THAN ENOUGH HANGER-ON-ERS" THAT THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO FIND SOME ONE ELSE TO DRIVE THEIR CARS WHEN THEY ARE F'D UP SO THAT NORMAL PEOPLE DON'T HAVE TO HAVE THEIR CARS DENTED OR DYING.

2282 days ago
32.

Biff    

Dr. Phil is a Filthy Greedy piece of CRAP, what a REAL PHONY He is. You really think this Guy Cares about people or Himself and Money.

2282 days ago
33.

don    

Dr phil like oprah is just a no talent clown who thinks he is somebody.You can go to harlem and pick up a black woman off the street and she can do what oprah does.

2282 days ago
34.

Mrs.M    

Dr.Phill has balls. For him to go on stage and not knock that perv out takes HUGE balls. I for one think that he is doing a great thing. I wish him all the luck in the world. And as for that perv, yeah good luck when you go home!! Bet he does't last the week before some one beats that A**.

2282 days ago
35.

del    

Mayu - "Everyone" in law enforcement using lie detectors? Hardly. They're not admissable in court as they're FAULTY and not backed by science. But If Maury did it, it MUST be legit!

2282 days ago
36.

del    

29. I for one think that he is doing a great thing. I wish him all the luck in the world.
Posted at 12:43AM on Apr 25th 2008 by Mrs.M

Exploiting a needy sexual assault victim, and exposing on national TV that her father ALSO molested her minor son? Way to go, Phil. Now that kid can go to Little League secure in the knowledge that all present know Gramps raped him. Yeah, Phil is a caring mental health professional. Except he isn't licensed, but he's FAMOUS and OPRAH endorses him so he MUST be GOD!! Barf.

2282 days ago
37.

del    

27. Dr. Phil is a Filthy Greedy piece of CRAP, what a REAL PHONY He is.
Posted at 12:05AM on Apr 25th 2008 by Biff


I echo that sentiment wholeheartedly.

2282 days ago
38.

Dottie654    

#20 Anon....................and we are supposed to believe you because..................? Sorry. You would have to be a little more specific to be believable. And were you a guest ON the show or AT the show? How did they know about you?

I do not find Dr. Phil fake at all. He would not be able to remain as popular as he is for this long, if people didn't feel he was doing good things, and I have watched faithfully since day 1. I agree, it can't be fun to air your dirty laundry in public, but sometimes that is the only way you can get the help you need. I am a huge fan of his and will continue to be as long as he is on the air.

Now, IMHO, OPRAH IS THE PHONY!!!!!

2282 days ago
39.

Dottie654    

#31 Helene....................You fail to reallize that the mother probably contacted the Dr. Phil Show seeking help. It is not as if he scoured the newspapers from all over the US looking for salacious stories. If you think about it, a lot of what you feel are questionable stories are actually stories that deal with a subject he can help resolve (providing counseling, rehab, etc.). No one twists the arms of the people who appear on his shows. They aren't gettiing paid (unless you consider airfare, hotel, food as 'pay'). Now, if the story were a frivolous one, I can see someone conning their way onto the show for their 15 minutes of fame. But not where serious subjects are involved.

It is true he has let his license lapse, but he does not prescribe treatment or medication. He shares his thoughts, tries to seek reconciliation, and/or offers his assistance and that of the professionals WHO ADVISE THE SHOW in obtaining evaluations and proper treatment. He is CONTINUALLY saying, "You don't have to take my advice . . .". The young boy in this current story has not had his face shown nor his voice heard, and I would bet money his name has been changed. Dr. Phil is very careful about protecting the identity of the children, and I respect him for that.

#29 Mrs. M.................I agree with you 100%.

#33 MIR........Given the size of Dr. Phil's staff, a con would have to fool a lot of people to get on the show. The stories are carefully researched, and I have seen several shows where he has called staff members onstage to ask if what he has just been told is true.

Get off the man's back. He is doing good. And, you know, in the case of Britney Spears, it was HER FSAMILY WHO ASKED HIM TO GO SEE HER, so don't blame him. Change the channel. For a bunch of haters, you sure know a lot about the show!!

2282 days ago
40.

Nico Tien    

You know what would be a real ratings boost? One of his idiot yet ambushed guests should give Mr. McGraw a beat down on the show? You think they'd broadcast that? BTW, what legit "Dr" uses his first name like he does? Dr. Dumbass!

2282 days ago
41.

Susan B    

Dr. Phil is no different than Jerry Springer except his guests are not allowed to hit each other on stage and we don't see the flashing of fat women;s breasts............ Close your eyes and listen to his trash..........sounds just like Springer.

2282 days ago
42.

loghome    

TMZ you are stupid....you didn't expose anything. Dr. Phil seems to be one of the few people with a little bit of sense in Hollywood....so of course, you have to try to put him down to try to make yourselves seem less sleazy. Good luck with that.

2282 days ago
43.

NUMbnuts    

THIS GUY IS ONE MAJOR TOOL!!!

TOTAL GAS BAG!!!


2282 days ago
44.

jimmy jam    

That's Slimball material there, TMZ. Are YOU not doing what YOU do.... for RATINGS?

2282 days ago
45.

EVW    

How can anyone question Dr. Phil "he's been doing this for 30 years"

2282 days ago
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