(Camille Heimbrod, International Business Times) A spokesman for Dr. Phil recently denied claims that his show’s producers provided drugs and alcohol to addict guests on the show.
Martin Greenberg, the show’s director of professional affairs, said that there was no truth to what Todd Herzog told STAT and The Boston Globe.
“We do not do that with this guest or any other. Addicts are notorious for lying, deflecting and trivializing. But, if they are at risk when they arrive, then they were at risk before they arrived. The only change is they are one step closer to getting help, typically help they could not have even come close to affording,” he said.
On Thursday, Todd Herzog told the publications that prior to his 2013 interview on “Dr. Phil,” he was given Xanax to help calm his nerves. He also found a bottle of vodka in his dressing room.
After taking the medication and drinking vodka, the “Survivor” winner had to be carried across the studio for his appearance on “Dr. Phil.”
His blood alcohol content reached .263, which is more than three times the legal limit, according to E! News.
Meanwhile, Herzog also said that he detoxed in a hotel room paid for by “Dr. Phil” two days before his guesting.
Initially, Greenberg denied that they monitored their addict guests closely, but he later on clarified his statement and said, “We mean 100% of the guests agreeing to treatment. It does not mean that a guest is being monitored 100% of the time.”
Guest: ‘There are some things about the show that I don’t like, and that I don’t think are real… ‘
Following his last appearance on “Dr. Phil” last year, Herzog wrote a letter addressed to the show confirming that there was really a bottle of vodka inside his dressing room.
“I’m grateful in a lot of ways for the show. For getting me help in the nicest places in the country. That’s a gift right there. There are some things about the show that I don’t like, and that I don’t think are real… I should have been in the hospital, in that sense. There should not be liters of vodka in my dressing room,” he said.
Other complainants, who happen to be relatives of some “Dr. Phil” guests, also claimed that the people behind the show encouraged their loved ones to take drugs and alcohol. Displayed with permission from International Business Times
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