Dr. Phil Sues Deadspin They Jacked My Cliffhanger

5/7/2013 12:50 AM PDT

Dr. Phil Sues Deadspin for Allegedly Stealing Ronaiah Tuiasosopo Interview

The "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.