More Dr. Phil fallout

Report: Dr. Phil Show Blames Low-Level Staffer for Bailing Out YouTube Teen:

Dr. Phil and his show keep digging themselves into a deeper hole.

They’re putting all the blame on an unnamed low-level staff member for bailing out Mercades Nichols…

“In this case, certain staff members went beyond our guidelines [re: the bail being paid]. These staff members have been spoken to and our policies reiterated. In addition, we have decided not to go forward with the story as our guidelines have been compromised,” the statement read.

Among the skeptics, outside of myself, is TMZ, the infamous gossip website.

The show issued a statement saying certain staff members “went beyond their guidelines,” but according to TMZ, the word at Paramount is that it would be impossible for the producer to pay the $3,300 for the bail and put up $33,000 in collateral without the full knowledge and approval of higher-ups on the show.

Does anyone actually believe Dr. Phil in this case? I think what little credibility he had has taken a big hit. She’d be better off if he just came clean.

Dr. Phil backpedals

Dr. Phil Show Bails Out Teen Charged in Vicious YouTube Attack:

The Dr. Phil show is now stating that the representative that bailed out Mercades Nichols violated the show’s rules and they will not be going forward with that story.

“In this case, certain staff members went beyond our guidelines (re the bail being paid). These staff members have been spoken to and our policies reiterated. In addition, we have decided not to go forward with the story as our guidelines have been compromised,” the statement read.

Uh-huh. Sure. I’m sure it had nothing to do with the court of public opinion coming down on them like a ton of bricks.

Did Dr. Phil bail out beating suspect?

REPORT: Doctor Phil paid to get YouTube beating suspect out of jail:

I don’t know how true this story is but at least one Florida news outlet is reporting that Dr. Phil paid the bail of Mercades Nichols. Nichols is the alleged ringleader in the recorded beating of Victoria Lindsay. Allegedly Dr. Phil’s people tried to get other reporters to leave the jail as Nichols was his exclusive.

If any of this story is true then Dr. Phil should be run off TV especially if he’s paying her. Crime isn’t supposed to pay.

Katherine Lester breaks it off

MySpace romance ends on Dr. Phil:

Everyone’s favorite globetrotting Myspace runaway teen Katherine Lester was on the Dr. Phill show once again. This time it was to break off the relationship she had with the Arab man known as Abdullah Psycho. To make matters more humiliating for Abdullah is that the break up was done via satellite.

“I’m not going to be with you any more,” the 18-year-old told her Palestinian boyfriend, Abdullah Jinzawi, who watched her on a monitor from Jericho, Jordan.
Jinzawi sat silent for a moment, pulled off his microphone and stepped away from the camera.

“Well, that’s mature,” McGraw said.

Earlier on the show, Lester told McGraw — after some prodding — that Jinzawi was emotionally and physically abusive.

So is getting dumped via satellite better or worse than being dumped by text message?

Anyway it seems that Ms. Lester has finally realized what everybody was saying about her internet boyfriend. Hopefully this saga has finally come to an end.

Katherine Lester on Dr. Phil

MySpace teen on Dr. Phil show:

It seems that our favorite word traveling runaway MySpace teen is back in the news.

Katherine Lester will be on Dr. Phil today and tomorrow to discuss her trials and tribulations. I thought this might set a bad example to teens willing to run away for some MySpace guy but Dr. Phil seems to have his act together this time…

The second segment also will include an interview with Betty Mahmoody, an American citizen who moved to Iran with her husband and fled the country after he and his family became violently controlling. Mahmoody’s story became the 1991 Sally Field film “Not Without My Daughter.”

I of course will not be watching because personally Dr. Phil disgusts me.

However the article seems to reveal that Lester is back in The States.

The series will have a third part that will air in a couple of weeks centering around Lester’s decision to come back to Michigan, said Wade Simpson, a segment producer with the program.

“We fully anticipated her getting back on the plane at the end of the second episode,” he said. “And then she said no, so we kept tracking it to see what would happen.”

Lester returned to Michigan about a week and a half ago, Simpson said.

The soap opera continues.

Belch has more on this here.