Dr. Phil Under Fire for 'Entertaining'
06/02/2004 AT 03:00 PM EDT
The unlikely new subject of a complaint to the government watchdog is none other than Dr. Phil McGraw, after a mental health activist from Arizona claimed the Dr. Phil advice show fails to air an adequate viewer disclaimer, the Associated Press reports.
In his FCC complaint, Neal David Sutz says the current brief disclaimer during the end credits is not enough.
Instead, he calls for a statement at the start of every episode advising viewers that the syndicated TV program is intended as entertainment and not counseling.
"Isn't the purpose of disclaimers to warn individuals, from children to grandparents, of the content of a proceeding program so that they can make an informed decision on whether or not they wish to watch?" Sutz wrote in a letter to the FCC last month.
The has been no word from the government agency on the request.
Paramount Domestic Television, which produces the series, declined comment on the Sutz matter. But Terry Wood, executive vice president of programming for Paramount Domestic Television, said: "Phil has said on the air many, many times that we are not doing therapy here."