Gia Allemand’s Mother Speculates Menstrual Cycle Caused Suicide on Dr. Phil (VIDEO)

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.


Dr. Phil Spokesperson Addresses Controversial Tweet

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!

Dr. Phil Picked Up Through 2016-2017

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.

‘Maury’ Leading Syndie Talk Shows Among W25-54

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

Oprah Lands Atop Forbes’ Highest-Paid Celebrities List

Former daytime queen Oprah Winfrey topped Forbes’ Highest-Paid Celebrities list, thanks to her earnings from Dr. Phil, Rachael Ray, The Dr. Oz Show, O magazine and her satellite radio station. Reportedly, she earned $165 million from May 2011 to May 2012. Forbes warns that they expect her to fall next year when they will not include syndication money in their count. 

Disturbing Daytime TV: Dr. Phil to Interview Casey Anthony’s Parents

It looks like Oprah's protégé is coming out swinging this fall in the battle for the daytime crown she left behind. Dr. Phil has netted an exclusive interview with Cindy and George Anthony, the parents of Casey Anthony, who stood trial and was later found not guilty of the murder of her daughter Caylee.

According to the press release, the Anthonys didn't receive any compensation for the exclusive however, they asked that charitable contributions be made to a fund set up in their late granddaughter's name. The sure-to-be controversial interview is set to air on Dr. Phil this Sept. 12. Will you be watching? 

Read excerpts from the press release below:

“Cindy and George have suffered a horrific loss with the untimely death of their granddaughter Caylee, and they have since endured an unprecedented public attack on their family,” says Dr. Phil. “Have these attacks been warranted, or not?  I looked them straight in the eye and asked some very tough questions.  Despite living under a ‘media microscope’ for years, THEIR story has never really been told and there’s so much more to it than we’ve heard in the media. Throughout this extensive interview, we explore every detail of their ordeal, and they answer every question I know will be on our viewers' minds.  Nothing is off limits during this interview."