To kick off Season 12 of The Dr. Phil Show, the no-nonsense therapist had a one-on-one with Donna Micheletti, the mother of former The Bachelor contestant Gia Allemand, who recently committed suicide. Dr. Phil McGraw also interviewed Jake Pavelka, who romanced Allemand on the reality competition show.
During the episode, Allemand's mother revealed she was on the phone with her daughter, moments before she hanged herself. Micheletti gave her thoughts on what led her daughter to take her own life. She also explained during her daughter’s menstrual cycle, she would have severe mood swings, causing her to turn into someone unrecognizable. Watch the heartbreaking clip below.
A spokesperson for Dr. Phil has responded to BuzzFeed after the popular site asked about the talk show host's controversial tweet, which sparked outrage on Twitter.
“This tweet was intended to evoke discussion leading into a very serious show topic. It was not intended to be taken lightly,” the spokesperson said. “It’s based upon a recent news story, hence the #teensaccused label.”
The controversy erupted on Twitter Tuesday evening when Dr. Phil tweeted the question, "If a girl is drunk, is it OK to have sex with her? Reply yes or no to @drphil #teenaccused."
The tweet was later deleted, which then spawned the hashtag #DrPhilQuestions.
Meanwhile, Jerry Springer appeared on CNN and defended Dr. Phil by saying the topic should be discussed on a serious show like Dr. Phil. Watch Springer's segment after the jump! READ MORE
Comedian, film star, TV personality and talk show host Steve Harvey (pictured above with wife Marjorie Harvey) received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 13. Ellen DeGeneres, Dr. Phil, Cedric the Entertainer and Samuel L. Jackson joined Harvey’s family and friends in celebrating the achievement. Check out more photos after the jump! READ MORE
If a tree falls in a forest and no one hears it, did it really make noise? According to Deadline, Dr. Phil has been renewed though the end of the 2016-2017 season. Reportedly, the show has averaged 4.2 million viewers this season.
“Stations have really sat up and taken notice of the fact that Dr. Phil is the best news lead-in in the marketplace today,” said Joe DiSalvo, President of Sales at CBS Television Distribution.
Forget all the buzz about new talk shows from Katie Couric, Ricki Lake and Steve Harvey. Veteran trash TV talker Maury Povich is proving he’s still got game!
According to TV Week, Maury led all talk shows the week of September 17, among women 25-54, with a 1.7 rating in the demo, up from 1.4 last season. Among households, Dr. Phil leads the pack with a 3.1 average this season, followed by Live with Kelly and Michael at 2.6.
Photo credit: Maury