Some former guests of the “Dr. Phil” show are accusing the television series of exploiting them and putting them in danger by providing them alcohol or drugs before they appeared on stage to discuss their addiction problems. The bombshell allegations are laid out in a new STAT News/Boston Globe investigation.
“America’s best-known television doctor presents himself as a crusader for recovery who rescues people from their addictions — and even death,” that report states. “But in its pursuit of ratings, the ‘Dr. Phil’ show has put at risk the health of some of those guests it purports to help, according to people who have been on the show and addiction experts.”
Todd Herzog, the 2007 winner of “Survivor: China,” claimed that before he went on stage in 2013 to talk to host Phillip McGraw about his battle with alcoholism, a bottle of vodka was left in his dressing room. He