Happy Birthday, Dr. Phil! See His Most Dramatic Celebrity Interviews
Dina Lohan, Kim Richards and more have sat down with the 65-year-old television personality for emotional interviews
Dr. Phil McGraw has been dishing out tough love on his eponymous talk show for nearly 13 years.
Audiences fell in love with the straight-talking doctor when he first appeared on Oprah Winfrey‘s show in the late ’90s, and they’ve been tuning in to catch his words of wisdom – delivered in his signature homespun Texan, no-nonsense style – ever since.
To mark the longtime television personality turning 65 on Tuesday, we’re looking back at some of the most famous – and dramatic – conversations he’s had during the Dr. Phil show’s more than 2,000-episode run.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kim Richards was arrested for in April. She opened up to Dr. Phil about her ongoing struggle with alcoholism later that month. The reality star talked about her decades-long battle with alcohol addiction, lying about her drinking during the RHOBH reunion, as well as the events leading up to her arrest.
Richards’ kids Kimberly, Brooke and Chad joined the pair later in the session. “Is this an intervention? Because it’s feeling like one right now,” said Richards, 50, when the group urged her to enter treatment. Since the show aired, Richards has continued to be publicly troubled. She left rehab in June and was arrested for shoplifting in early August.
Mama June Shannon
In October 2014, TLC canceled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo because family matriarch “Mama June” Shannon was reportedly dating convicted sex offender Mark McDaniel. That November, Mama June appeared on Dr. Phil in a heated interview about her relationships and parenting choices. “Four relationships you’ve had, two of them have been convicted of child molestation charges, all four of them have been in jail,” Dr. Phil pressed Shannon, now 35, about her dating history. “Who are you turning down?” he added. Dr. Phil has also interviewed Shannon’s former brother-in-law Lee "Uncle Poodle" Thompson and her daughter Lauryn “Pumpkin” Thompson.
Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham went to Dr. Phil to discuss her DUI arrest, her contentious relationship with her mom and her allegedly leaked sex tape with adult film star James Deen. Abraham called Deen “a really horrible person” for talking publicly about the tape “for attention.” Dr. Phil questioned the legitimacy of Abraham’s story and ultimately blasted her for her “incredible sense of entitlement.” Later in the show when Dr. Phil pressed her about her DUI, Abraham said, “I just think you’re being really negative,” adding, “I’m sorry I’m here.”
When Nick Gordon sat down with Dr. Phil in March following the hospitalization of girlfriend Bobbi Kristina Brown, the conversation quickly turned into an intervention when Dr. Phil and Gordon’s mother, Michelle, realized the 25-year-old was in the midst of a serious struggle with drugs and alcohol.
During the intervention, a drunk Gordon threatened suicide, walked off the set and lashed out at Dr. Phil before finally agreeing to go to a “medically supervised” rehab facility. “I’ll be sober. I’ll be clean. I’ll be a good person,” Gordon promised in exchange for Dr. Phil’s word that he would immediately fly him to Brown’s side should she wake. Brown died in hospice from her injuries in July. Gordon was banned from the funeral, and Brown’s conservator has filed a wrongful death complaint against him.
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In September 2012, Dr. Phil shared a tense conversation with Lindsay Lohan‘s mother Dina that centered on Lindsay’s legal issues, Lohan’s abuse at the hands of Lindsay’s father Michael (who spoke to Dr. Phil to defend himself), Lohan’s financial relationship with her daughter and Lohan’s thoughts on the negative press surrounding her family. Dr. Phil accused Lohan of being “phony” during the interview and only giving him “buzzword soundbites,” prompting her to complain about being “scrutinized by the media.” Dr. Phil countered that he was not the media but a “highly trained professional.”
Dr. Phil airs weekdays (check local listings).