He added that guests are not given drugs or alcohol and suggestions to the contrary are "errant nonsense". On the show, Herzog appeared severely intoxicated.
Herzog, the Sole Survivor from 2007's Survivor: China, is the centerpiece of a bombshell investigation by STAT News in collaboration with the Boston Globe. And representatives of the show told the Globe that allegations that Herzog was given vodka and Xanax before going onstage are "absolutely, unequivocally untrue". "Phil,' the TV show, or its mission to educate millions of viewers about drug and alcohol addiction", a "Dr. Phil" spokesperson said Friday.
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Published Thursday, the Stat-Boston Globe report quoted Todd Herzog, a former "Survivor" victor who appeared on "Dr. Phil" in 2013 and discussed his addiction problems. The report also states that "Dr. Phil" staff filmed another guest, who was pregnant, searching for a dealer on Los Angeles' skid row.
In the article, multiple former guests suffering from addiction say show staff, including producers, encouraged or aided them in finding drugs before taping.More news: Alabama makes Jones win official as Moore's last-ditch challenge fails
Reporters note that the alleged actions of staffers can make for "riveting" television, but the show's guests, who stay in hotels up to 48 hours before taping an episode, can experience a possibly risky withdrawal period during that time.
The STAT/Globe investigation notes that the Dr. Phil show, through Greenberg and a lawyer, "offered a series of shifting explanations regarding the medical oversight of guests when they come out to LA". We thought a clarifying statement might be timely. "Addicts are notorious for lying, deflecting, and trivializing", Greenberg was quoted as saying in the report. Thomason added that after witnessing Herzog's condition and treatment, he was so disturbed that he wanted no further involvement with the show.More news: David Moyes baffled by Bournemouth's 'killer' equaliser
"I do use an approach that is very straight-forward with people, I mean, because that's just who I am", McGraw said during an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show when the grasshopper stopped by to check in with the master. Although terribly unfortunate, this is an understandable part of the behavior of addicts on their journey to recovery. "Deception, dishonesty and denial are hallmarks of addiction. None of this will deter the Dr. Phil show from it's commitment to continue to educate and inform the public about the worsening epidemic of addiction".
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