In the statement, the attorney also refuted allegations of racism on set, calling them an “absurd, ridiculous attention grab” perpetuated by BuzzFeed.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the show said in another statement to E! News that BuzzFeed’s story contains “verifiably and objectively false characterizations,” describing it as a “sensationalized and baseless article.”
“Dr. Phil and our hard-working, diverse team of more than 200 proud staff, many of whom have been here for two decades, have sincerely and respectfully worked with thousands of appreciative guests,” the spokesperson said. “From the beginning, show executives have strived to create a collaborative, safe, and open environment for Dr. Phil McGraw and all staff and guests.”
Dr. Phil first premiered in 2002, after the host gained popularity as a guest expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show. In 2018, it was renewed through to 2023 in a four-season deal, according to Deadline.