Dr. Phil commented on his show yesterday about his meeting with Britney Spears while she was hospitalized after a custody standoff with the police. Dr. Phil still feels the visit was appropriate, but regrets making a public statement, according to USA Today:
“Was it helpful to the situation? Regrettably, no. It was not, and I have to acknowledge that and I do,” the talk show host told his audience Thursday during taping of a Dr. Phil episode that will run Monday.
“I definitely think if I had it to do over again, I probably wouldn’t make any statement at all. Period.”
Dr. Phil says he made the statement to Entertainment Tonight because the media would come to him asking why he was there:
He disputes those who say he inappropriately discussed her condition in the statement, which referred to Spears being “in dire need of both medical and psychological intervention.”
“I said that before I ever met her,” he says.
After the interview, Dr. Phil said a polite “thank you” and reiterated he was just looking out for poor Britney. Then he excused himself to prepare a special episode of his show. It’s titled “Hey, remember when I visited Britney Spears in the hospital? I’ll never let you forget! WA HA HA HA!”