Dr. Phil’s consultation meant to be private: Spears family
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Lou Taylor went on the NBC morning show to say that when they “extended trust” to “Dr. Phil”, as he’s known, it was as a medical professional and not as a television personality. They say he was to keep the matters private.
McGraw was “not invited to make this part of the public display, part of the media,” said Taylor on behalf of father Jamie Spears and mother Lynne Spears.
Taylor was responding to McGraw realizing a statement about Spears, and then appearing for an interview on the Entertainment Tonight entertainment news program. McGraw’s statement read:
Originally it was rumored that the family would appear on Dr. Phil for one of the news headline-based special episodes. Taylor also told interviewer Meredith Viera that the family had never discussed such plans. They had only hired McGraw to talk privately to Spears, one of “many professionals and many resources surrounding the family.”
According to Taylor, the Spears parents, along with pregnant daughter Jamie Lynn “are people who love their daughter, and know what’s going on,” praying every day for her well-being. They are broken hearted regarding “the morbidity of people watching” the breakdown.
Spears was hospitalized after being deemed a safety risk to herself, but released within 24 hours, instead of the 72 hour norm.
- Segment on The Today Show, NBC, January 9, 2008
- Mike Celizic. “Spears’ parents say Dr. Phil violated their trust” — , January 9, 2008
- Gina Serpe. “Spears Clan Calls Foul on Dr. Phil’s Blabbermouth” — , January 9, 2008
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- Kevin Frazier. “Britney: The New Dr. Phil Exclusive” — , January 7, 2008