Phillip McGraw, the iconic host of Dr. Phil and the highest-paid daytime TV personality in America, is being accused of drugging the show’s guests and providing them with alcohol to boost TV ratings.
Former guests on Dr. Phil, the show in which McGraw presents himself as a savior for the addicted, detail how they were given alcohol and drugs before showtime to make their Dr. Phil interviews more ratings-friendly and profitable for the show.
The disturbing allegations were made by former Dr. Phil guests who were struggling with substance abuse at the time of their appearance on the show. STAT and the Boston Globe published the bombshell interviews on Thursday.
In the interview, former Survivor winner Todd Herzog detailed how he was provided with a bottle of Smirnoff vodka and Xanax in his dressing room at the show’s studio prior to his appearance on Dr. Phil. Herzog, who was sober for about two days before coming on the show, was encouraged to drink all of it to “calm his nerves.”
During his infamous appearance on Dr. Phil in 2013, Herzog was slurring his speech, and even had to be carried onto the set and lifted into a chair.
“I’ve never talked to a guest who was closer to death,” Dr. Phil told the studio audience after Herzog was brought on stage.