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Did Dr. Phil Really Want to Help Britney?

After Dr. Phil spent some time with Britney in the hospital, the rumors started flying that he would be devoting an episode of his talk show to Britney's psychological issues. The show was set to tape today, but now Dr. Phil has pulled the plug out of consideration to the Spears family. We can't help but wonder if the real reason he canceled was because he didn't get enough information to exploit Brit the way he originally intended to. What do you think — Did Dr. Phil really want to help Britney?

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MissEnglish07 MissEnglish07 9 years
I can't speak to his exact intentions... after all, I can't know exactly what was going on in his mind at the time. I will, however, say that he may have pulled the plug because he knew he wasn't really going to be able to help her, and who really likes to publicize failure like that? Now if he could help her, believe that that show would have been produced, because everyone would view it as a major accomplishment. I think he was afraid (or sure) of failure.
--Natalie-- --Natalie-- 9 years
What are his credentials anyway? Is he actually licensed, or is his first name just "Dr"? by graggie LOL!! U FUNNY ONE!
simplystella simplystella 9 years
God, this guy (whoever he is)has the whitest teeth I've ever seen in my entire life. Scary.
siouxsie siouxsie 9 years
i don't know and quite honestly, my dear, i don't give a damn
hmweis1 hmweis1 9 years
His white teeth are burning my retnas!
Jinx Jinx 9 years
After reading this thread I looked some things up, I thought this was interesting... psychologist is a person trained in development, clinical,social and abnormal psychology, once a doctorate is obtained in this feild, majority of states require 1-2 year internship, before becoming licensed. psychiatrist is a person who attended 4 years of medical school (like any "MD"), once the degree is obtained (this is why they can write percriptions, and psychologists can't), they do a residency program in theor preferred field.
Dollylo Dollylo 9 years
Making a show about Britney's situation?? People can't stop using her!! Rrr! And now everybody wonder why she's breaking down!! This "Doc" is the medecine's shame!
pink_magnetism pink_magnetism 9 years
I don't know...seems a bit dodgy to me. If he's so concerned about Britney, why make it public? Get her some help privately.
ShopGal10 ShopGal10 9 years
i can't stand this guy! why does he have this own show?
MsXtle MsXtle 9 years
What Dr. Phil did was wrong on so many levels. She was in a place where help could be provided, why did he need to be involved at all? More importantly, people having breakdowns in public don't need public interventions! If Britney is suffering from bi-polar her ability to sink to a deep depression is quite critical and anyone claiming to be there to help but is feeding off of her bad times is certainly not helping. Mental illness does not respond to straight talk, when you are in a bad place the mind isn't comprehending anything in a logical sense. I am hoping Britney comes around and can get the help she needs and the strength in herself to get to her good place. I always find it interesting in all her bad times k-fed has supported her despite fighting for custody for the kids. I think he understands better what is going on then any of us really do. As for the comments on her exposed, spoiled life.. I am sure it doesn't help but I doubt it is why she is where she is at right now.
Ginger Ginger 9 years
Succinct desertbanshee! :rotfl: at Britney trying to go Pro per in family court. Good luck with that. One of my favorite "Britney in court" moments is when she pondered why the courthouse didn't shut down for her. With that attitude she'll be locked up for contempt in no time.
desertbanshee desertbanshee 9 years
"Dr." Phil's intentions are as transparent as the front of Britney's dress.
susanec susanec 9 years
It used to be that Ph.Ds were called "Dr." in academic circles but not so much in, say, a social setting. Unlike MDs who used "Dr." all the time. A Ph.D would be more likely to use John Doe, Ph.D (if it was something like engineering or physics) rather than Dr. Doe. Patients would call a clinical psychologist "Dr." during a session but they might not use it all the time. A Psy.D could use "Dr." also. Dr. Phil, however, while still a Ph.D, did not practice for too long (and as stated did not go through the mandated steps to regain his license). Then, I believe, he changed gears and focused on trials and preparing witnesses. Which is where he met Oprah. Where's Dr. Drew? Him, I like. And he practices.
thewavingcat thewavingcat 9 years
i think everyone wants to help britney. i hope she gets better soon.
pinkdragonfly pinkdragonfly 9 years
No! He is a quack anyway!! I can't stand his show!
yardbird yardbird 9 years
No way was he actually trying to help her. What a scumbag. Dr. Phil disgusts me.
darlene darlene 9 years
darlene darlene 9 years
if course he didn't want to help her
PinkNC PinkNC 9 years
Greggie first comment was so right too me. This man just wanted attention drawn towards himself, just like the rest of the media Whor*'s in Hollywood. He knew every step he was taking in order to gain attention for more than a week. He has NO intentions of trying to help.....actually he never could anyway. He is NO doctor.
cnyc1a cnyc1a 9 years
I'm going to go with Maybe on this one. Getting Self Help never came with out a little self exposure. Being televised on National T.V. might be a tad tacky for my taste, but in Hollywood everything has a spin. Dr.Phill from what I've seen seems to be very upfront confrontational and perhaps this might be the best way to cope with this particular patient. Although at this point we might as well send in Chester the Cat and the Little Women Symbol with a crown on the Starbuck Logo to talk some sense in her.
KatGoddess KatGoddess 9 years
Neither, he pulled it because the parents pulled out. They were supposed to be on the show on Wed (and they contacted him), and then changed their minds.
Woop Woop 9 years
speaking of docs, Britney might think she's as smart as a juris doctor! msnbc's gossip column reports that she's considering taking over her custody case and representing herself! “She’s had it with lawyers — she doesn’t think anyone knows what they’re doing. She actually toys with the idea that she will take this over herself,” said a friend of Spears. :ROTFL:
Nouveau-Jackie-O Nouveau-Jackie-O 9 years
I agree with Tabitha (post #54). Very well stated. Dr. Phil didn't show up at Cedars Sinai with a camera crew ready to "exploit" Britney. He went to the hospital at the request of her family. It is possible that his motives were mixed. However, I do believe that he had every intention, if she were willing, to get her the help she so desperately needs. Also I question the plausibility of claims that he was trying to get Britney to appear on his show. People can say what they like about Dr. Phil, but he is very much a realist. I think he knows that getting her to appear on his show would be impossible.
Asia84 Asia84 9 years
if he had been affiliated with the family over a year, then where was he when Brit shaved her f*ckin' head! the girl is seriously troubled (i know all to well about mental illnesses-both mild and servere), and everyone around her is trying to make a buck. it's sad. Her best friends ARE the paparazzi; atleast they are upfront about their intentions.
lemassabielle lemassabielle 9 years
I love Dr. Phil and watch his show from time to time. However, he definitely was planning on exploiting Britney. Can you imagine the ratings? he would be at the top of his game. He is only human and I'm pretty sure his motives weren't completely sincere, but part of me believes he would want to help her.
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