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Britney Brouhaha; Dr. Phil Fired

January 8, 2008
By John Rogers, Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES – Dr. Phil’s public brand of tough love sometimes makes him tough to love, particularly among mental health professionals who are accusing television’s self-help guru of making an uncalled-for house call on Britney Spears this week.
Dr. Phil McGraw arrives at the Museum of Television and Radio's annual gala in Beverly Hills, Calif., in this Oct. 30, 2006, file photo. McGraw has pulled the plug on plans for a one-hour show that was to examine Britney Spears' latest public meltdown.  In a statement posted Monday, Jan. 7, 2008, on his Web site, McGraw said the 26-year-old pop star's situation was 'too intense' for him to go forward with the show. He didn't say whether he planned to reschedule. Spears was hospitalized Thursday night after a child custody dispute with ex-husband Kevin Federline resulted in an hours-long standoff with police. On Friday, a court commissioner gave sole physical and legal custody of 1-year-old Jayden James and 2-year-old Sean Preston to Federline. McGraw said he met with Spears for an hour Saturday before she left the hospital. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)

Dr. Phil McGraw (AP)

Still, at least one pop psychologist couldn’t fault McGraw for trying.

“I’m sure Dr. Phil does not want to exploit her. He has all this experience in helping people get over problems,” said Dr. Joyce Brothers, who herself has been dispensing psychological advice to TV viewers for more than 30 years.

But Brothers, who like McGraw has a Ph.D. in psychology, acknowledged that key for any therapist is getting the person to listen to them.

“He has a lot to offer,” Brothers said of McGraw. “But only to the person who wants it.”

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The Fox News Channel (FNC) reported that after Brit was arrested on Thurday night, doctors determined that she had the following in her system: alcohol (vodka), up to 20 diet pills, Nyquil, Red Bull, Xanex, and Vicodin.

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Britney: Paging Dr. Phil

January 6, 2008

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
January 6, 2008

Britney Spears, who has been embarked upon a very public and prolonged saga of self destruction and drug and alcohol abuse, was released from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center last night to the custody of TV head expert Doctor Phil.

“Dr. Phil” McGraw said Britney Spears, though now free of the hospital, still needs psychological help.

Dr. McGraw is the psychologist known for his own shrink show – one of the most watched daytime TV shows seen mostly by women.

Miss Spears was taken by ambulance from her Hollywood home Friday night because of a dispute involving the two sons she had with ex-husband Kevin Federline.

“My meeting with Britney and some family members this morning in her room at Cedars leaves me convinced more than ever that she is in dire need of both medical and psychological intervention,” said the brilliant Dr. McGraw.

“She was released moments before my arrival and was packing when I entered the room. We visited for about an hour before I walked with her to her car. I am very concerned for her,” he said.

McGraw planned to talk more about Miss Spears on his daytime talk show this week, a press release said.

Isn’t that special.

Responding to an e-mail request for further comment from McGraw, a “Dr. Phil” publicist referred The Associated Press to his statement posted on the etonline.com Web site.