Dr. Phil McGraw is talking out in regards to the backlash that ensued following his broadly panned 2016 interview with actor Shelley Duvall.
Appearing on CNN’s “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace” final week, the host of CBS’s “Dr. Phil” stood by his choice to conduct the televised interview with Duvall, who acknowledged having a psychological sickness on air.
“I don’t regret what I did,” McGraw instructed Wallace. “I regret that it was promoted in a way that people thought was unbecoming.”
He went on to notice: “We worked with her family. We worked with her for over a year, off-camera, after that fact, providing her opportunities for inpatient and outpatient psychiatric care. I can’t tell you the extent we went through.”
Watch Dr. Phil McGraw’s chat with CNN’s Chris Wallace under.
During her interview with Dr. Phil, Duvall claimed that her former “Popeye” co-star Robin Williams, who died by suicide in 2014, was nonetheless alive and a shapeshifter.
“I’m very sick. I need help,” mentioned the actor, greatest identified for her portrayal of Wendy Torrance in “The Shining.”
Not surprisingly, the episode was met with widespread condemnation from Duvall’s followers in addition to psychological well being advocates. Among those that spoke out was Vivian Kubrick, the daughter of “The Shining” director Stanley Kubrick, who blasted the “exploitative” interview as “appallingly cruel.”
In his chat with Wallace, McGraw urged that lots of his critics would’ve been higher served by trying to intervene on Duvall’s behalf immediately.
“The people that were critical of it, nobody ever asked them what they ever did to try and help her,” he mentioned. “And the answer is not a damn thing.”
In 2021, Duvall appeared to remorse her “Dr. Phil” look, telling The Hollywood Reporter: “I found out the kind of person he is the hard way.”
Duvall not too long ago returned to appearing after a 21-year hiatus in “The Forest Hills,” an unbiased horror movie. Speaking to People in March to advertise the film, she mentioned she loved the expertise of being on set as soon as once more and hinted that she plans to pursue extra appearing initiatives sooner or later.
“[Jessica Tandy] won an Oscar when she was 80,” she instructed the publication. “I can still win.”