Dr. Phil Responds to Britney Criticism

January 7, 2008 By:
Dr. Phil Responds to Britney Criticism

TV host Dr. Phil thought he was going to get a ratings boost by convincing troubled singer Britney Spears to appear on his show after her meltdown, but Dr. Phil's plans backfired on him.

Dr. Phil was criticized heavily for showing up to Britney's room unannounced and uninvited.

One psychiatrist called it "intrusive and inappropriate." While another said he was "outraged and disgusted," added, "It is incredible that the hospital allowed Dr. Phil in her room. It's a total violation of her rights."

Dr. Phil wants to do some damage control so he released this statement about his visit to Cedars Sinai. "I want to set the record straight. I went to see Britney at the request of her family. I talked to Lynne, Jamie, and Brian, because they were frustrated that she wasn't going to be held for a longer time."

"Thursday night, the phone rang, it was Lynne, clearly she was very upset. Any parent would be. I was first contacted by her family a year ago, and had maintained a running dialogue for the last year or so."

Do you guys think he genuinely cared for Britney's well being or did he visit her for the press? Keep in mind Britney's mother is scheduled to appear on his TV show on Tuesday.