TV rating addict Dr. Phil has spent the week actually trying to justify his inappropriate and blatant publicity stunt to direct the wave of media about Britney Spears to himself.The TV shrink was criticized by Lynne Spears, mother of Britney who is reported to have said "he was brought in under this cloak of trust" and added that his comments and statements to the press and planned TV show about the Britney saga were "just inappropriate".
Quick draw McGraw was lightning fast to place himself on the podium as spokesperson for Britney after she was taken to hospital last week and another breakdown, this time over child-custody.
The good doctor proved that people like him are the cause, not the cure for her situation.
Poor Phil had to cancel a show this week because Britney's trouble "were too intense" and in the process created another media opportunity for his own self-publicity.
Doctor's are not meant to disclose the names of patients, let alone blab to the press. In fact, it is forbidden in the USA under federal ruling and governed under state rules.
So has Phil McGraw broken the law? Apparently not! The good doctor, it appears, is no longer licensed in California, according to the New York Times.
Because he is unlicensed, he cannot bill a patient for his services, but that also mean that the medical ethics do not apply to him.
CBS, Phil's TV network, is also sticking up for him. "He did not go to counsel her, but rather as a private citizen," CBS Vice-President of Communications Theresa Corogliano said in a statement.
Reports circulating in the USA today suggest Britney may have left the country,
Spears and her snapper boyfriend Adnan Ghalib are expected to surface in Buenos Aires this weekend.