Survivor's Todd Herzog Says Dr. Phil Got Him Drunk Before His Interview

Dr. Phil Show Denies Claims It Enabled Guests Drug Alcohol Use

Greenberg, who serves as the show's director of professional affairs, denied that guests have ever been given alcohol or assistance with buying drugs. Herzog details being flown out to Los Angeles to appear on Dr. Phil and being taken to a hotel where he detoxed for two days - which can be potentially risky for an addict if not medically supervised - only to arrive at the studio and find a bottle of vodka waiting for him in the green room.

STAT and the Boston Globe published their findings from their joint investigation on Thursday. And representatives of the show told the Globe that allegations that Herzog was given vodka and Xanax before going onstage are "absolutely, unequivocally untrue".

Though representatives from the show deny Herzog's version of events, other guests who have appeared on the show for addiction issues and were interviewed as part of the investigation told similar stories, describing producers standing by as they experienced risky withdrawal symptoms or abused drugs.

In one shocking example, "Survivor: China" victor Todd Herzog told reporters he appeared on the program drunk as he was dealing with alcoholism in 2013. One of the guests, who was pregnant, was allegedly filmed by a show staffer while trying to find a dealer.

While the show was given multiple opportunities to defend its actions in the article, clearly they didn't like how they came off.

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Reporters note that the alleged actions of staffers can make for "riveting" television, but the show's guests, who stay in hotels up to 48 hours before taping an episode, can experience a possibly risky withdrawal period during that time. However, after STAT and the Globe sent more detailed questions about Herzog's case and those of other guests, the show sent back a lengthy written response (signed by Greenberg) claiming that guests with substance abuse problems are medically supervised "100% of the time". We thought a clarifying statement might be timely. Greenberg is also quoted as saying "substance abusers adopt very clever means" to obtain drugs and alcohol, and "we can not control what we can not control". "That was the first time I ever laid eyes on him".

"I do use an approach that is very straight-forward with people, I mean, because that's just who I am", McGraw said during an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show when the grasshopper stopped by to check in with the master.

For the past 16 years, the "Dr. Phil" show has provided valuable information to viewers by telling compelling stories about people who are fighting the battle to overcome alcohol and drug addiction. It tears families apart and certainly creates levels of complexities when we produce these important shows.

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