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Dr. Phil

Sues Deadspin

They Jacked My Cliffhanger

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

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.


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I had no idea Dr. Phil still even had a show. He should be paying for the publicity not suing.

499 days ago


Dr. Phil used to talk to REAL people about their problems, then he went all Hollywood. Dr. Phil, you are NOT a star, just Oprah's shrink. I guess that would be "star by association" in your terms.

499 days ago


This story has run its course--enough.

499 days ago


Obviously "Dr" Phil cares more about the ratings than anything else he was trying to "help"with.

Damn you Oprah for removing the rock Phil war under!

499 days ago


you ARE all pathetic if you believe this pinner douche manti te bag wasnt in on it

499 days ago


I can't stand Phil. He's a jerk, and he's always trying to sell his crappy book. He's a know it all a**hole.

499 days ago


Freedom of the press, "Doc".

499 days ago


Gawker Media's head honcho has gone bat-sh** insane. He's approved of horrific behavior on the part of his staff. He's approved of theft. He's approved of violations of rights. He's nucking futz.

498 days ago
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