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Internet to Dr. Phil: It’s Not OK to Ask Whether It’s OK to ‘Have Sex With’ a Drunk Girl

Today in We Blame Oprah news: last night the Twitter account of one “Dr. Phil” McGraw (who had his license to practice psychiatry “retired” back in 1989 and is therefore not a licensed psychiatrist or any other kind of medical professional) asked its 1.2 million followers what we in The Real World(TM) might call “a loaded and incredibly offensive question“:

Now, sensible readers, we can scan such a message and realize how inappropriate and even disturbing it is. Yet someone approved it, and we have to imagine that at least one member of the honorable non-doctor’s PR team will soon find him or herself “escorted from the building.”

Twitter being the digital Ritalin that it is, #DrPhilQuestions responses were quick and brutal:

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Dr. Oz Sued for Being Himself

Dr. Oz“Dietl was severely injured, bruised, and wounded, suffered, still suffers and will continue to suffer for some time physical pain and bodily injuries and became sick, sore, lame and disabled and so remained for a considerable length of time.”

That sounds a bit like a typical exaggeration fit for a lawsuit, doesn’t it? OK, so what did the good Dr. Oz suggest Mr. Dietl do? Well, in order to treat his chronic insomnia with a “home remedy”, Oz told him (and millions of other viewers) to put some uncooked rice into a pair of socks, heat them in the microwave until they’re warm (“don’t get it too hot”) and:

“…lie for about 20 minutes with those socks on in bed; the heat will divert blood to your feet to your heat. When your feet get hot, guess what happens to your body. It gets cold. Your body will automatically adjust its core temperature and as it gets cooler, you’re going to be able to sleep better because your body has to be cold in order to be sleepy.”

Sounds like solid science to us! The problem was that Mr. Dietl had limited sensation in his feet and didn’t realize that the rice was way too hot (he probably didn’t drink any rooibos tea either). And then the inevitable happened. We’re not trying to disparage the good doctor, who has a gift for coming up with strange ways to get attention. But this isn’t the first lawsuit filed against one of TV’s favorite medical professionals, either. Dr. Drew, Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil (he’s really the worst)…at what point do these paid entertainers become PR liabilities? Oprah? Hello?

Kelly Cutrone and Dr. Phil Join Forces

A few weeks back, Kelly Cutrone said she had a couple of things in the works that would bring her back to television.

It was officially announced today that Cutrone is joining Dr. Phil as a special correspondent. She’ll appear both in-studio and out “in the field” through the remainder of this season. Could this be the “syndicated daytime regular big thing” she told New York magazine about? We’ve been in touch to find out.

Update: We spoke with Kelly Cutrone who confirmed that this is the daytime deal she was referencing previously and she expects to be on the show “regularly.” She also tells PRNewser she has a development deal with MTV for a program where she will be the executive producer. The name of the show will be announced soon and Cutrone says, “We’re getting ready to shoot that pilot right now.”

And, there’s another book on the way. Normal Gets You Nowhere will land on bookshelves next year.

For a taste of what to expect, here’s a clip from Cutrone’s November 4 appearance on the show.