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Dr. Phil

Tried to Blindside Oprah

4/1/2011 1:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Dr. Phil set out to scoop Oprah -- the woman who discovered him -- on a huge show ... even warning his staff to keep Oprah in the dark.

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TMZ has obtained legal docs filed in a lawsuit against Dr. Phil for allegedly defaming two men in the Natalee Holloway case -- the girl who disappeared in Aruba.

We placed a call to Dr. Phil's rep.  So far ... no comment.

Oprah had scheduled to do an exclusive interview with Natalee's mom, Beth on Sept. 20, 2005.  But Phil had been working as well to snag the same interview, when he found out Oprah was in the game.

In the docs, there is a chain of emails between Dr. Phil and his staff.  One of the producers wrote an email to Phil, saying she had found out that Oprah had an interview with Beth.  The producer had a plan: "But we can OUT SCOOP Oprah & do the show w/ her first no matter what we find tomorrow we still have an interesting show - plus only YOU can really help."

Phil (using initials DPM - Dr. Phil McGraw) responded, "WE DEFINITELY NEED TO SCOOP THE DEAL SO IF WE NEED TO SHOOT THIS WEEK THEN LETS DO IT."  Phil adds this caution:  "IF SHE [Beth] TELLS THE OPRAH PEOPLE ABOUT US THEY WILL LIKELY ATTEMPT TO DERAIL IT BY MOVING UP THEIR SCHEDULE."

The producer responds, "Grea[t] & she won't say anything to oprahs peeps she knows it would jeopardize what we are doing - I'll email you both tomorrow as soon as I talk to jamie & we can go from there!! Yippie scoopen the big O!!"



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Puckett    

I'm so sick of the Hollywood "doctors", "Dr." Drew", "Dr. Phil" I don't care if they have degrees or not their succuss rate is no better then the quacks. Have any of these guys ever even run a legitimate medical practice of their own, or worked in one prior to become reality TV preaching / book writing juggernauts that use people for financial gain without actually helping them?

If it quacks like a duck it's probably Dr. Phil, or Drew Pinsky.

1209 days ago
17.

Canadasux    

So what...this was over five years ago - almost six, TMZ! Slow news day? Have you run out of trash on Charlie Sheen?

1209 days ago
18.

MIDNIGHT TOKER    

she will crush him

1209 days ago
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lgriffin    

@ 8. insertnamehere - Not hating on Oprah or anything but Dr Phil is the professional who I believe should be the one interviewing Beth. He can truly help her. Oprah will just ask questions with a stone cold face and no emotion.


You are a true example of why Dr. Phil is still on the air. A fake psychologist giving out horrible, not to mention dangerous, advice, and every day you sit there and buy it hook line and sinker! Research the man before you tote his ability to help. You might just find that he is a phony media whore, who does not care about the fact that a young girl was murdered, and only cares about scooping out another egotistical media whore, and his rating. His ratings, along with Oprah, rely on ignorant housewives, who sit at home all day long, and believe everything that they are told. Learn to be intelligent. Research what you are told. Research the credentials of those you worship. Research the advice that you are given. Learn to think for yourself.

1209 days ago
20.

Jane    

I wonder if Oprah will pull a Johnny Carson and never speak to Phil again. Phil and Joan Rivers can team up and do a show together.

1209 days ago
21.

Sharon Boucher    

If this is true, he's even a big loser than I originally thought.

1209 days ago
22.

kp    

big surprise, he is looking at $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ the only thing that counts in his book. How do you think he can afford these expensive houses, one for him one for his son. douche bag.

1209 days ago
23.

Tammy    

Two entertainers were trying to be the first to get Beth on their show. What's the problem?

1209 days ago
24.

artie help    

false, who the hell do***ents this kind of incriminating garbage, WHO???

1209 days ago
25.

NatTxn    

Nothing scandalous here....it's business! Of course, he's going to try to get the story first. Duh!

1209 days ago
26.

Q    

These two, and Bill O'Reilly all once had a fairly decent shtick and approach to the Core of what they were presenting to the viewers---now all three, each one of them, has made themselves the show, the news, the entertainment---they all interrupt, steal the spotlight, and talk over their guests. To wit, due to their past popularity, are able to draw very interesting and timely guests to their shows. But each of them, has thought they now are the show themselves. Nixon like now, not taking advice from their "handlers" who generally are paid quite well to simply not agitate, nor disagree ever with them. Each one will suffer a demise that will be painful and drive them to near seclusion when it comes--because when it comes it will come fast and furious.

OWN ratings is an example of it starting for Oprah. O'Reilly right now is enjoying some crossover viewers testing him out given the Big 3 Mainstream TV News is just disastorous. Its only a matter of time before a Network defines a better version of O'Reilly and he'll go away too. Dr Phils demise has already begun.

No one should be surprised...these million dollar mouths will one day be looked at in history as truly self driven greedy tyrants, and from an era, the world will not return to again...it just will take more time to get there.

1209 days ago
27.

FLO    

This tool councels people and speaks of ethics and character.lol

1209 days ago
28.

janet    

Who cares. This clown is such a quack it's not funny. McGraw and Pinskey are disgusting. These 2 are a real class act. They are making a ton of money exploiting other peoples problems. So much for ethics.

1209 days ago
29.

flora68    

Wow, what a jerk.

1209 days ago
30.

peoplearesilly    

No surprise -- Dr. Phil is too stuck on himself, he is an ego maniac, and is out for #1 only. Is anyone surprised by this?

I see right through him. He's such a pompous ass.

1209 days ago
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