Dr. Phil Daytime Talk Program Will Come To An End After 21 Seasons

After 21 seasons, the US talk shows Dr. Phil, in which Dr. Phil McGraw offered life advice to viewers, will come to an end. Dr. Phil has become a fixture on daytime television all around the world. Since its inception in 2002, McGraw has served as the program’s host, offering advice to guests who were dealing with issues, frequently ones related to their families, marriages, weight, or income.

In a statement, McGraw stated, “I have been fortunate to spend over 25 fantastic years in daytime television. Millions of viewers and thousands of guests have benefited from our assistance on this show in areas ranging from mental health to child-rearing to addiction. Although I’m leaving the day job behind after an amazing chapter in my life and career, there is still so much I want to do.

Here you can see the official Tweet for confirmation:

According to CBS insiders, McGraw took the decision to halt production on the US show, which airs five days a week. When McGraw, now 72, made a guest appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s talk program in the 1990s, he first gained notoriety for his folksy, direct counsel. Winfrey’s Harpo Productions created Dr. Phil at first.

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Why Did Dr. Phil Take This Big Decision?

Despite having a clinical psychology Ph.D., McGraw stopped renewing his professional license in 2006. Some people criticized the show’s handling of mentally ill and fragile guests, and others criticized the show’s use of psychology as entertainment. The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill wrote to CBS in 2004 after McGraw compared a nine-year-old boy to a serial killer, claiming “Dr. Phil’s conduct is serious enough to merit inquiry by a relevant board of licensure.”

Why Did Dr. Phil Take This Big Decision?
Why Did Dr. Phil Take This Big Decision?

The letter was “based on lack of knowledge and erroneous, inappropriate assumptions,” according to a spokeswoman for McGraw. Britney Spears’ family and mental health experts criticized McGraw in 2008 for trying to film an episode about the singer’s mental health while she was being treated for a mental breakdown while visiting the singer in the hospital. The special was ultimately put on hold.

In an interview with former actor Shelley Duvall, who had previously starred in filmmaker Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining, in 2016, McGraw received criticism for his demeanor. Vivian Kubrick, Kubrick’s daughter, called McGraw’s treatment of Duvall “exploitative” and “appallingly brutal.” A show representative declined to comment.

A group of current and former Dr. Phil staff members said in 2022 that they were subjected to “verbal abuse in an environment that breeds fear, intimidation, and racism” and that the show’s guests were routinely mistreated and deceived. While some workers praised the workplace environment, attorneys for McGraw, who was not accused of abusing the show’s staff, and his co-producer Carla Pennington refuted all the accusations.

Why Did Dr. Phil Take This Big Decision?
Why Did Dr. Phil Take This Big Decision?

With 2 million viewers every day, Dr. Phil is one of the top-rated daytime programs in the US. Through the syndication of previous episodes, CBS will continue to make money from the program. The president of CBS Media Ventures, Steve LoCascio, stated on Tuesday night that “Phil transformed the daytime landscape as the driving force behind one of the most popular talk shows ever on daytime TV.”

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