Britney Spears was released from Cedars-Sinai hospital on Saturday. The hospital no longer viewed her to be a danger to herself after her Thursday night meltdown and took Britney off 5150 hold. In the midst of all this, Dr. Phil somehow gained access to her room and supposedly counseled Britney. Here’s the statement he issued to Entertainment Tonight:
“My meeting with Britney and some of her family members this morning in her room at Cedars leaves me convinced more than ever that she is in dire need of both medical and psychological intervention. She was released moments before my arrival and was packing when I entered the room. We visited for about an hour before I walked with her to her car. I am very concerned for her.”
However, Britney’s meeting with Dr. Phil was all her parents’ idea and she was blindsided by the visit, according to TMZ:
Sources say Phil tried speaking with Spears for about 15 minutes — not an hour as Dr. Phil’s press release states — but she wanted none of it. We’re told Phil was doing almost all the talking. As for walking with her to the car on her way out — again, as his release states — we’re told if he was walking behind her, that’s news to her. She absolutely was not accompanied by him.
Several psychiatrists are shocked that Cedars-Sinai would allow Dr. Phil to have access to a patient that is not under his care. Dr. Phil is also angling to have a TV intervention with Britney which prompted many psychiatrists to air their grievances with TMZ:
One psychiatrist called it “intrusive and inappropriate.” Another shrink told us the hospital “is supposed to be a safe place. If the patient doesn’t want to see someone, that person doesn’t get in — period.”
One doc surmised bluntly the hospital was “star struck” and let the TV doctor’s profile override its judgment.
One shrink said splashing a private medical matter on TV and saying it’s an intervention — especially without the proper medical diagnosis — is no way to run a railroad.
You gotta admire the cojones on Dr. Phil. He seriously believes he can just walk into a gigantic ball of crazy and make everything all better: “Hey, everybody, I’m going to cure Britney Spears with a good ol’ fashioned talking to. Some might say I’m drunk with power, but, really, I’ve got this covered. She can’t be that craz- – Fuck my moustache! She bit my foot! I have rabies now don’t I? Fantastic…”
UPDATE: Dr. Phil is no longer airing a special on Britney Spears, according to TMZ.