Dr. Phil Admits Britney Statement Was Not 'Helpful'
He says he was right to visit Spears in the hospital – but regrets talking publicly
Dr. Phil McGraw spends his days telling people how to fix their lives. This time, he admits, he’s the one who got it wrong.
Earlier this month, the tough-loving talk show host sped to Britney Spears‘s bedside at L.A.’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after her family requested his help. After their brief visit – prompted by Spears’s Jan. 4 meltdown – McGraw gave a statement to Entertainment Tonight, saying that the 26-year-old singer was in “dire need of both medical and psychological intervention.”
“Was it helpful to the situation? Regrettably, no,” McGraw, 57, said Thursday during a taping of the Dr. Phil Show, reports USA Today. (The show is slated to air Monday.) “I definitely think if I had it to do over again, I probably wouldn’t make any statement at all. Period.”
The TV doc did, however, make it clear that he only regrets speaking out – not his attempts to help the increasingly erratic popstar. (McGraw originally planned to dedicate a show to Spears, but scrapped the idea, calling the situation “too intense.”)
McGraw told USA Today that he visited Spears as “a friend and ally of the family,” not as a psychologist. (He is not licensed in California, notes the paper.)
So would he make the same visit again, knowing the controversy it’s caused? Yes, he said. “How could you not?”