Talk about a tough time.
Nicholas Brendon, former star of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has had quite a few problems with drugs, alcohol, and arrests in the past.
However, his appearance didn’t quite go as planned as he ended up walking off of the show which aired yesterday. The Buffy star was very unhappy with his treatment during the taping of the show and stormed off after Dr. Phil questioned him about his current sobriety.
Brendon was particularly unhappy with the way he claims Dr. Phil talked about his mother specifically speaking on how she didn’t put Brendon in therapy after he was sexually abused as a kid.
Since the show aired, the actor took to Facebook to explain his reasoning and give insight into his frustration. In a lengthy explanation he posted:
“Dr. Phil had some hard words for my mother, who I love dearly and who I have caused more heartache than I care to remember. When I was molested as a child, it was 1982. Therapy wasn’t talked about and accepted the way it is today├óΓé¼┬ª Going to therapy in 1982 would be similar to getting a divorce in 1950. It wasn’t done, and if it was, it wasn’t supported by those around you. There certainly were not the kind of resources that fortunately exist for abused children today.”
Nicholas went on to say:
“My mother regrets this deeply, and it hurt me that Dr. Phil took her to task for not forcing me into treatment at the time.”
As for Dr. Phil‘s response to the 44-year-old’s behavior, a rep for the show said shortly after the taping:
“There was no drama, he simply chose to leave and did so in a respectful manner. His family and associates remained and participated fully and productively. Dr. Phil has nothing but the highest respect for Nicholas and wishes him the best in his quest for physical/mental health and sobriety, and stands ready to assist him in any way possible.”
We don’t know if there was more to it, but we hope that Brendon has since cooled down and hopefully is finding the help he needs.
What do you think? Based on Nicholas’ response, did he have a right to get upset or was he acting too defensive?
[Image via CBS.]