Dr. Phil cancels Spears-themed show

Jan. 7, 2008 at 2:13 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. television talk-show host Dr. Phil McGraw has scrapped plans to devote an entire show to Britney Spears and her problems.

The decision to ax the Spears-themed program slated to run Tuesday came after McGraw was widely criticized for going to see Spears this weekend while she was hospitalized and undergoing drug and alcohol tests, as well as a psychological evaluation.

"At the request of concerned family members, I visited Britney Spears in the hospital. The details of that visit will, of course, remain private. We had planned to tape a 'Dr. Phil Now' show today, focusing not on the tabloid side of Britney's latest problems, but instead on the very serious issues surrounding this case," McGraw said in a statement on the show's Web site.

"Clearly, it is not just Britney's family struggling to find a way to protect adult children who cannot be ordered or compelled to seek help. Because the Spears situation is too intense at this time, and out of consideration to the family, I have made the decision not to move forward with the taping at this particular time. Britney and her family are in our prayers, and we ask that they be in yours."

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