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CBS to R.I. -- Phil and Rachael Ain't Free!

6/17/2009 2:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The good people of Rhode Island might need to shell out $5 a head if they want to keep watching shows like "Dr. Phil" and "Rachael Ray."

CBS is suing Global Broadcasting -- which owns WLNE in Providence, R.I. -- claiming the station hasn't paid them fully for airing the shows "ET," "The Insider," Dr. Phil," "Inside Edition" and "Rachael Ray." In a lawsuit filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court, CBS claims WLNE has only shelled out $682,023.50 of the $2,852,564 they owe (leaving a balance of roughly $2.1 mil).

Now get this -- CBS claims WLNE has now decided to stop airing the shows before their contract is up, resulting in another $2.7 mil in damages. That brings the grand total to just shy of $5 million.

Do the math -- if each of Rhode Island's roughly one million residents chip in a five spot, they can cover the lawsuit themselves!


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I will miss Rachel but Witchdoctor Phil no way. I am boycotting CBS for supporting Letterman in trashing children and women. I am also boycotting all of the sponsors of CBS. It's taken time to keep track but our group is doing it and sticking to our words on this one. You can not agree with Palin's politics but still feel ALL WOMEN and children should not be abused by the likes of Letterman on national TV.

1953 days ago


I'm from RI and that had better not be a real idea to charge us $5.00 to watch them. I love Rachel Ray but Dr. Phil? Nope, all set. RI has enough ridiculous laws and other crap that we tax payers pay for so WLNE can keep their shows. Thank you very much!

1953 days ago


# 6 FISHFROG 44 Joke or no joke, what a horrible comment to make against your own son, publicly, yet!!! Please retract your statement !!!

1952 days ago


I live in Rhode Island and there's actually little 20 or 30 second segments between shows now where they inform us that they're dropping those shows. Bummer.

1952 days ago


They can take it off the air here in Florida. Wouldn't bother we a bit as I dont watch it anyway.

1948 days ago
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