A former reality star who made a drunken appearance on a taping on the Dr. Phil Show back in 2013, claims that he wasn’t drunk when he arrived at the show. But after spending some time in a dressing room backstage before taping started, he was twisted. And he wasn’t the one who brought the alcohol to the party.
Raw Story (@RawStory) reports, former reality tv star, Todd Herzog recently made the claims against Dr. Phil. An investigation by The Boston Globe and Stat News reports that Herzog was not drunk when he showed up to the taping of the Dr. Phil show back in 2013. Herzog says that a bottle of Vodka was strategically placed in his dressing room. Herzog says that after he drank the entire bottle of Vodka, a staffer came into the room and offered him a Xanax as a way to “calm his nerves.” When his segment of the show taped shortly afterward, Herzog was twisted, drunk, high-as-hell, lifted, or whatever other adjective you want to use for severely drunk. Herzog appeared disheveled and his words were slurred.
Herzog’s story is one of many in which The Boston Globe/Stat News investigation found that Dr. Phil’s show allegedly put addicts in danger.
In its pursuit of ratings, The Dr. Phil Show has put at risk the health of some of those guest it purports to help, according to people who have been on the show and addiction experts. Guests have been left without medical help as they face withdrawal from drugs, a Stat/Boston Globe investigation has found, and one person said she was directed by a show staff member to an open-air drug market to find heroin for her detoxing niece.” The report from the joint investigation read. The Dr Phil Show’s in-house psychologist disagreed with the report.
“Addicts are notorious for lying, deflecting, and trivializing. But, if they are at risk when they arrive, then they were at risk before they arrived. The only change is they are one step closer to getting help, typically help they could not have even come close to affording (on their own).”