For the last 25 years, Dr Phil McGraw has been dishing out advice to dysfunctional families, rebellions kids and troubled teens but network chiefs have decided to call time on the show.
The show has been one of the most popular in the United States since it began in 2002, drawing in daily audiences of around two million viewers.
But last year, a group of current employees claimed that they we subjected to ‘verbal abuse in a workplace that fosters fear, intimidation and racism’. It was also claimed that the show’s guests were manipulated and treated unethically.
The accusations were not levelled at Dr Phil himself and his co-producer Carla Pennington denied any wrongdoing.
The clinical psychologist came to prominence for his guest appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the 90s, when he handed out straight shooting advice in his unique folksy way.
His show has come under fire before for the way in which he dealt with some cases. In 2004, he likened a nine-year-old boy to a serial killer, and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill wrote to the network CBS calling for an investigation into the show’s licence to be launched.
Four years later, he was heavily criticised when he visited Britney Spears following her mental breakdown when she shaved her head in front of a swarm of paparazzi.
He was planning to make a TV show about the state of her mental health, but the Spears family joined a group of mental health professionals to slam the show before it was eventually shelved.
In 2016 he was also condemned for the manner in which he interviewed Shelley Duvall, who starred in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, with Kubrick’s daughter Vivian saying his behaviour towards the former actor was ‘exploitative’ and ‘appallingly cruel’.
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After the announcement, Dr Phil released a statement saying ‘I have been blessed with over 25 wonderful years in daytime television. With this show, we have helped thousands of guests and millions of viewers through everything from addiction and marriage to mental wellness and raising children.
‘This has been an incredible chapter of my life and career, but while I’m moving on from daytime, there is so much more I wish to do.’
Dr Phil stopped renewing his licence to practice in 2006.