Dr. Phil may be having a resurgence in quality thanks to high-profile interviews with Kim Richards, Buffy The Vampire Slayer‘s Nicholas Brendon, and several people involved in the Jared Fogle sex crimes case, but that doesn’t mean everything is as smooth behind the scenes.
After rumors of mass firings within Dr. Phil McGraw‘s staff surfaced back in October, a recent lawsuit against the daytime talk show host makes things with the show sound even worse than we originally thought.
Former segment director Leah Rothman is reportedly suing the TV personality, his company Peteski Productions, and CBS itself for false imprisonment and emotional distress!
Apparently, when news stories about employee turmoil at the syndicated show began leaking, Dr. Phil allegedly ordered his entire staff of 300 to enter a locked room and forfeit over their phones.
Even Leah was called in on her day off to get locked into the room!
The director had worked on the show since 2003 felt she had no other choice but to quit in April 2015 due to her hostile work environment, claiming Dr. Phil actually enjoyed scaring his team!
The rest of her lawsuit includes charges of whistle blower retaliation and wrongful constructive termination, and we don’t blame her — this sounds terrifying!
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