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Dr. Phil has become a staple of popular culture over the years, making a living by parading some of the most mentally unstable, dysfunctional people in the country in front of television cameras and pouring his psychobabble into the ears of American viewers.

While he’s had a nice, long run, he’s hitting a rough patch now as a new controversy threatens to derail his show and his career, especially if the allegations prove to be true.

No, he’s not being accused of sexual assault or harassment, although given the recent purge in Hollywood, it wouldn’t be surprising if a few ladies came forward and claimed the good doctor had roaming hands. Apparently everyone in in the entertainment industry does.

So what’s the deal?

Dr. Phil is being accused by a guest of enabling drug use ahead of tapings for his show.

Fox News is reporting:

In a scathing expose by STAT and the Boston Globe released Thursday, several former guests accused the TV doctor of egging on their addictions and even helping them acquire drugs.

Dr. Phil, whose real name is Phil McGraw, declined to comment to STAT and the Boston Globe. A rep for the star did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.

Todd Herzog appeared on the “Dr. Phil” show in 2013. He was battling alcoholism but insists he was not intoxicated when he arrived at the show’s studio.

However, the 2007 “Survivor” winner said he discovered vodka in his dressing room, where he was left alone, and proceeded to drink an entire bottle. He alleges he was then offered a Xanax to “calm his nerves” by a show staff member.

Martin Greenberg, the director of professional affairs for Dr. Phil’s show — and a psychologist — denied the report from Herzog, telling the Boston Globe and STAT that guests have never been given drugs or alcohol prior to the show.

Herzog remarked, “I had been drinking and took a Xanax, which I’ve never taken before in my whole life, and I know that can be a deadly combination so why it was given to me, I don’t know.”

Herzog isn’t the only one to say that staff members from the show helped them acquire drugs. A 28-year-old from Michigan, Kaitlin, stated that a staffer helped her score heroin while she was pregnant, to get footage used for the show.

Another addict, Jordan, was also told to hit the streets and buy heroin so they could get additional footage for her episode.

To top it all off, Jordan and Kaitlin also claim that the treatment they were supposed to receive to help them get off the drugs was not adequate for their needs.

If this turns out to be true, it could most definitely spell the end of Dr. Phil’s show, but even more than that, it might put a stake through the heart of his career too.

This is a man who claims to help people who might be guilty of actually making his guests’ situation worse for the sake of good television.

Only time will tell if anything will come of this report, but it certainly doesn’t look good.



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