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Dr. Phil

Sues Deadspin

They Jacked My Cliffhanger

5/7/2013 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0506_drphil_interview_articleThe "Dr. Phil" show is royally pissed off at a media outlet that allegedly stole its thunder by publishing footage of his exclusive interview with the dude who hoaxed Manti Te'o BEFORE it aired on Phil's own show ... in fact Phil's so pissed off he's suing.

You may recall ... Phil landed an exclusive interview with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo -- the guy who created a fictional GF for Manti.  Phil's interview was a 2 parter.  The cliffhanger in part 1 was that Ronaiah would "do the voice" of the phantom girlfriend during part 2. 

According to the suit filed by Dr. Phil's company -- Peteski Productions -- immediately after part 2 aired in a few TV markets ... Deadspin posted footage of Ronaiah doing the voice without permission.  Phil believes it was thievery, because the show hadn't aired in 98% of the country. 

Phil claims ratings significantly suffered as a result of Deadspin's actions.

So Phil is suing Gawker Media, which owns Deadspin, for unspecified damages.

25 COMMENTS

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1.

Berserk    

Fake lawsuit about a fake girlfriend.

500 days ago
2.

NOT ELMO    

He should Shave His Head and Face....

500 days ago
3.

Truth    

FAT PHIL NEEDS TO GET OVER HIMSELF... GEE, HERE'S A CLUE. NO1 GIVES A RATS ASS ABOUT UR FAKED SET-UP REALITY SHOW. ONCE PEEPS KNEW IT WAS THIS GAY DUDE WHO WAS FAKING THE VOICE (LIKE 99.9% OF THE NET) 110% OF THE PLANET DINT GIVE A SH*T. POINT BLANK! #TRUTH!!

500 days ago
4.

static    

Dr Phil's ratings suffer because his show sucks.

500 days ago
5.

awesomewave    

No one cares.

500 days ago
6.

1holster    

Dear Deadspin,

Please destroy this ***got Dr. Phil.

Signed,
Everyone with a clue.

500 days ago
7.

scott    

Dr. Phil is a joke. Take your $$$ and go away already

500 days ago
8.

disembedded    

Quite a lawsuit...Sleazy blowhard Phil sues tacky, run-down Gawker.

500 days ago
9.

Cran    

Phil's finally lost it.

500 days ago
10.

Cook    

Dr. Phil is a freaking joke,it's not about helping people,it's about Phil filling his pockets,and the bad part is ,he has all these losers out there sucking up to him like he is a God.Get over yourself!!

500 days ago
11.

Liz    

Ronaiah didn't really do the voice on camera on the second episode - he went behind a screen. I think he faked that (using a tape recorder) to try to keep his female cousin out of it. Going behind a screen was publicized before the show aired, so I can see why a lot of people didn't bother watching. Dr. Phil got played by Ronaiah.

500 days ago
12.

DeeMaree    

Oh whatever.

500 days ago
13.

tessa    

I usually do like dr phil's show. but! stop with the sideshow, constant push for your new book and your son's publishing company, it denigrates your professionalism.

500 days ago
14.

DuckfaceJones    

Someone make this story go away plz.

500 days ago
15.

all about the money    

"after part 2 aired in a few TV markets"
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.
Right there is the answer. It had aired publicly in a few markets so it wasn't "stolen" or leaked. Phill's number maybe down in general and he's just trying to stir up additional ratings with a fake lawsuit much like his fake show.

500 days ago
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