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A version of this story first appeared in the May 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
To his repertoire of daytime host, author and therapist, Dr. Phil has added interrogator. Dr. Phil, whose real name is Phil McGraw, was on the hunt to discover who on his team allegedly sold a story to a British newspaper about his exclusive intervention with Bobbi Kristina Brown‘s boyfriend, Nick Gordon. To uncover the mole, Dr. Phil gathered the staff in a room (with security and HR in attendance) and vehemently urged loose lips to tattle.
When nobody came forward, McGraw released the staff. Minutes later, a female staffer confessed and promptly was terminated and escorted out of the CBS offices.
A spokesperson confirms the firing: “A member of our team stole a story and was dismissed. We take our show content and process extremely seriously and have zero tolerance for stealing proprietary information.”
Dr. Phil snagged an exclusive interview-turned-intervention with Gordon that aired in March. During the interview, Gordon — who has not been able to see the 22-year-old daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown while she is on life support — accepted help and entered rehab for drug and alcohol addictions following the taping. Gordon was joined on the program by his mother, Michelle.
People magazine confirmed on April 28 that Gordon had been released from rehab.
Bobbi Kristina Brown remains in an Atlanta rehabilitation facility. She has remained hospitalized — and according to various reports, unresponsive — since being discovered facedown in a bathtub on Jan. 31.
As for Dr. Phil and the staff interrogation, it’s not the first time the famous TV host’s name has been attached to a story involving a captive audience. In 2011, CBS settled a lawsuit by two women who claimed that they were held in a room against their will.
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