Dr. Phil Will Outlive Us All

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There are remarkably few sure things in life. In fact, I can only name two: one day we will all die, and Dr. Phil will not.

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According to Deadline, Dr. Phil himself, Phil McGraw has inked a deal with CBS Television Distribution to keep his daily talk show going through 2023, his 21st season. I can’t imagine what the world will look like then—surely there will be little left—but bless him, Phil will continue to bring us bad advice, heartbreak, and Bhad Bhabies until then.

Dr. Phil is currently the highest-rated daytime talk show, which means at some point, it beat The Oprah Winfrey Show, which gave him his big break. But it’s most likely that Oprah is completely unfazed. (She’s also an executive producer on the program so, get your coin.)

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Remember this: Phil McGraw has survived in a world where Jerry Springer has finally retired, and where hospital waiting room TVs are sure to be stuck on your network, delighting otherwise morose and impatient family members with your trash. If only everything could be so consistent.

No. Senior Writer, Jezebel. My debut book, LARGER THAN LIFE: A History of Boy Bands, is out now.

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“Dr.” Phil is an absolutely disgusting man who always takes the wrong side and the wrong lesson in any situation.

The last episode I saw of his show, a daughter accused her father of molesting her and her younger brother, and the mom was on their side. Dr. Phil obviously was on the Dad’s side immediately and then rambled about “letting the facts decide” his own predetermined conclusion. He put a drawing the young son did that was really disturbing and bit by bit broke down every little thing that the mom “misinterpreted” and gave them unbelievabley innocuous interpretations. The epilogue of the episode was Phil speaking directly to the daughter, pseudoscientificly rambling about how false memories are made and explaining that that’s what happened to her.

It was appalling, this man does great harm.