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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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31.

wolff    

What gets lost here is that BOTH Oprah and Dr Phil truly seem to have wanted to help Beth Holloway find out what happened to her daughter.

Also, Dr Phil and Oprah are business partners so if she gets scooped by Dr Phil, it is still a win-win for Oprah. If his show does well, she does well.

Finally, Dr Phil and Oprah are both daytime talk shows, #1 and #2 and frequently compete for stories. Doesn't TMZ compete for stories with Entertainment Tonight and other news outlets? I fail to see why this is such a big deal.

1266 days ago
32.

queen love    

Shame on you...Everybody knows that Phil is a shady man.
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1266 days ago
33.

Johnny Lucas    

The producer quoted here is right. Dr Phil would be better suited to help Beth Holloway and Oprah knows that. It's one of the reasons why she had Dr. Phil on her show in the first place and gave her blessing to do his own show. It's no fluke that she's had a highly successful show for 25 years - she knows what works.

1266 days ago
34.

kathy    

Harpo owns Dr Phil's show...that means Orpah owns HIM...Oprahs last day is May 25th....Dr Phil's show is probably scheduled
for May 26th.

1266 days ago
35.

sPaNkDeNALgAs    

TMZ:

CAN YOU DUMB THIS DOWN FOR ME?

THX

1266 days ago
36.

dj61    

In business, all's fair in love and war. As if Oprah hasn't done the same thing.

1266 days ago
37.

Booger McGee    

A non-journalist scooped another non-journalist six years ago?

You're right, this is, indeed, the End of Days.

1266 days ago
38.

fran    

these two deserve each other , all they have ever done is exploit people for their own monetary gains..I dont think they ever gave a thought to what happened to these people after...I dont think Phil is even a doctor of anything, so why is he allowed to use the term "DR"? I think this man needs to be taken off the air he is such a menace and doesn't know what he is talking about. I agree with the above regarding Brittney, what business was it of his , the same with what he did to that homeless man Ted. It was terrible. I don't watch his show , never did, just parts, it was enough to see PHONY written all over him..Oprah the same. Americans need to take back their country from Hollywood nonsense that is making them look bad.

1266 days ago
39.

fran    


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.

Posted at 10:01 AM on Apr 1, 2011 by lgriffin

I so agree with you , I was going to tell #8 the same thing

1266 days ago
40.

Namvet527    

They BOTH are MORONS but ORCA is a RACIST PIG.

1266 days ago
41.

Maileeann    

This stuff happens all the time. I can't see what the big deal is and I don't like either one of them so it isn't like I am sticking up for phil. Everyone is always trying to "out scoop" the other guy in that biz. And a sleazy biz it is.

1266 days ago
42.

Tom Kelly    

Beth Holloway is a lying POS and so is Dr. Phil

1266 days ago
43.

cari    

Memo to DPM: UH -O!

1266 days ago
44.

Tasos    

Really TMZ, the bloody docs are dated August 2005! Slow day at su casa? What's next? Harvey's HS prom pics? A 'story' that the blonde long hair Spicoli and "Ted" Theodore Logan (Keanu Reeve's character in "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" pics) hybrid on your show actually bathes on occasion and does NOT
'toke'?

1266 days ago
45.

Cujeaux    

Ophra has become so insufferable. Last week I made the mistake of tuning in to one of her shows on her network. The program guide said it was about Jay Z and the story about his rise to the top. As it turns out, it was NOT about Jay Z's rise, it was about hers! It was called 'Master Class', which isn't really 'teaching' anything other than how to worship at the alter of Ophrah. She sickens me along with her fuscia sweater set wearing fans.

1266 days ago
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