CBS’ “Dr. Phil” play allegedly endangered the health of some of its guests, according to a STAT Dope/Boston Globe investigation, citing those who appeared on the show and addiction experts.
During the track of the show, host Phillip McGraw is cast as a persistent adviser portion people seeking assistance for substance abuse. But former guests carry weighted STAT and the Globe that the show engaged in exploitative practices.
Todd Herzog, conquering hero of reality TV show “Survivor: China,” said he was left alone with a manfulness of vodka in his dressing room before his appearance. He told STAT and the Terra that he had been battling alcoholism at the time. Herzog claims he was transferred a Xanax after drinking the whole bottle.
One family member demanded a guest allegedly purchased drugs with directions from grant staff. Another guest said they were filmed while looking for a vendor.
McGraw declined a STAT/Globe interview request through a “Dr. Phil” peek through representative. The show’s director of professional affairs told the news schemes that guests have never been provided alcohol or uninhibited to purchase drugs.
“Dr. Phil” show representatives did not immediately respond to CNBC’s entreat for comment.
Read the full investigation at STAT News.