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Casey Anthony's Parents Defend Themselves in First Interview

Casey Anthony's Parents Defend Themselves in First Interview

Originally posted 09/12/2011 09:30AM

Two months after their daughter was acquitted of murdering their granddaughter, Casey Anthony's parents, George and Cindy Anthony, have broken their silence and granted an interview to Dr. Phil McGraw, who confronts them about certain aspects of the case.

In excerpts that aired Monday on NBC's Today show, McGraw asks Cindy about her distraught MySpace message that began "My Caylee is missing," which she posted on July 3, some 12 days before 2-year-old Caylee Anthony was reported missing. Did Cindy know Caylee had vanished?

"Caylee was missing in my heart that day. She wasn't missing physically. I thought I knew where she was at," Cindy says. "I wanted Casey to know how much she was hurting me. And I thought she was purposely keeping Caylee away from me."

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Dr. Phil's Birthday Gift: His Grandson! | Jay McGraw

Dr. Phil Is a Grandfather Again – on His Birthday

Originally posted 09/02/2011 12:00PM

Dr. Phil received a special birthday present Thursday – a new grandson.

London Phillip McGraw arrived Sept. 1, weighing in at 7 lbs., 3 oz. He is the second child for The Doctors executive producer Jay McGraw, 31, and wife Erica, 33, a former Playboy Playmate, who are also parents to daughter Avery Elizabeth, 17 months.

"What a Bday! London Phillip McGraw arrived!!" Dr. Phil, who celebrated turning 61, Tweeted. "[Mother] & baby doing fine. They BARELY made it to hospital in time! … We are so blessed."

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Alaska Mom Convicted of Child Abuse for Dr. Phil Video

Alaska Mom Convicted of Child Abuse for Hot Sauce Punishment

Originally posted 08/24/2011 09:30AM

An Alaska mother who disciplined her 7-year-old for misbehaving in school by pouring hot sauce down his throat and then giving him a cold shower – all the time videotaping what she was doing so she could be considered for an appearance on Dr. Phil – was found guilty of one misdemeanor count of child abuse by an Anchorage jury on Tuesday.

Standing when her verdict was read, Jessica Beagley, 36, then quickly left the courtroom with her husband Gary, an Anchorage police officer, reports the Anchorage Daily News. In their haste to exit, the two did not respond to reporters' questions.

Anchorage prosecutors said the videotape of the crying young Kristoff, whom the Beagleys adopted from Russia with his twin brother in 2008, was filmed by the couple's 10-year-old daughter. The Beagleys have six children.

Prosecutor Cynthia Franklin praised the verdict, saying jurors "followed the law and they concluded that it is child abuse to hurt your child as an audition for a television show."

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Crystal Harris Denies Romance with Dr. Phil's Son | Crystal Harris

Crystal Harris Denies Romance with Dr. Phil's Son

Originally posted 06/15/2011 07:35AM

Yes, Crystal Harris and Hugh Hefner have called off their wedding – but no, Dr. Phil's son Jordan McGraw is not the reason behind the split.

These stories are "absolutely not true," Harris's manager Michael Blakey tells PEOPLE. "This is pure fabrication. There is no relationship, nor has there ever been one. This is a stupid rumor."

Rumors of a romantic connection between the two first surfaced in March, when Harris and McGraw were reportedly spotted looking cozy at L.A. hotspot Chateau Marmont.

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Dr. Phil to Be a Grandfather – Again!

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Dr. Phil to Be a Grandfather – Again!



Originally posted 04/03/2011 12:30PM

Dr. Phil is getting one special birthday present.

His TV producer son Jay McGraw and wife Erica are expecting their second child. The two are already parents to daughter Avery Elizabeth, 1.

Erica, who, along with her sisters Nicole and Jaclyn, is known as a "Dahm triplet," and Jay, 31, executive producer of The Doctors, made the announcement officially on television's Dr. Phil show.

"Robin and I are thrilled Jay and Erica are expecting again," Dr Phil tells PEOPLE, "and the due date is my birthday – Sep. 1. Avery has been getting us into tiptop babysitting shape."

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Dr. Phil Becomes a Grandfather

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Dr. Phil Becomes a Grandfather

Originally posted 03/19/2010 11:00AM

Just call him Dr. Grandpa!

Talk show host and author Dr. Phil is a grandfather after son Jay McGraw and his wife Erica welcomed a daughter Thursday night, the family tells PEOPLE exclusively.

Avery Elizabeth McGraw arrived at 11:33 p.m. in Los Angeles, weighing in at 6 lbs., 6 oz., and measuring 21 inches long.

"Both Avery and Erica are resting comfortably and doing well," the McGraws said in a statement. "The entire family is overjoyed!"

Avery is the first child for Jay – executive producer of The Doctors – and Erica, who announced the pregnancy in October.

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Dr. Phil Slapped with Bizarre Brainwashing Lawsuit | Phil McGraw

Dr. Phil Slapped with Bizarre Brainwashing Lawsuit

Originally posted 10/08/2009 10:00AM

A woman has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against Dr. Phil McGraw, two producers and another doctor in what she alleges is a case of false imprisonment, practicing without a license, indecent exposure, battery, fraud and more.

Shirley Rae Dieu, 56, of Irvine, Calif., claims she was seeking therapy from Dr. Phil in his Hollywood office in 2007 when she allegedly was held captive and "forced to be in the same room with a completely live naked man while he exposed his entire naked body, genitals and all," according to her filing.

Dieu further alleges she was deprived of sleep and food, "brainwashed" and "subjected to edited tapings depicting her as a different personality other than her own." On Oct. 9, 2007, she claims Dr. Phil touched her left breast during a therapy session.

Representatives for McGraw did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Dr. Phil to Be a First-Time Granddad | Phil McGraw

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Dr. Phil to Be a First-Time Granddad

Originally posted 10/06/2009 08:15AM

Dr. Phil McGraw is going to be a grandfather – and he will announce it on his TV show Tuesday, PEOPLE has learned.

This will be the first grandchild for Dr. Phil and wife Robin, and the first child for their 30-year-old son Jay and his wife, Erica McGraw.

Dr. Phil, 59, says he got the happy news during a recent trip to Europe. "We were actually vacationing with the whole family and were in Elba, Italy," he says. "Jay and Erica had discreetly gotten several home pregnancy tests the day before in France, and they sat us all down in Elba and said they had some exciting news! 'We are pregnant!' "


"The day before Robin had said to me, 'I just get the feeling that Erica is pregnant.' I swear she is some kind of mind-reader, but I guess women know these things."

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Dr. Phil, Leno, Ellen: Yes We Can!

Dr. Phil, Leno, Ellen: Yes We Can!

Originally posted 02/26/2009 10:45AM

"Yes We Can" has taken on new meaning.

Some of the country's top talk show hosts are riffing off President Obama's campaign slogan with a campaign of their own in support of hard-hit local food banks.

Dr. Phil, Ellen DeGeneres, Bonnie Hunt, Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson and The Doctors are asking audience members at their shows to donate canned goods to help re-stock the L.A. Food Bank, as well as agencies nationwide affected by the economic downturn. The goal of the "Yes We Can" campaign: to collect 12,000 cans of food a week through April.

Ferguson joked, "I was ecstatic, as we often encourage audience members to leave all heavy, metal objects outside the stage." In the tradition of lounge comedy, he added, "audience members are still free to bring fresh food in to express their distaste for the comedy."

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George Michael Calls Out Dr. Phil At Concert

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George Michael Calls Out Dr. Phil At Concert

Originally posted 06/26/2008 02:15PM

George Michael gave Dr. Phil McGraw a little tough love at his concert Wednesday night at the L.A. Forum.

"I probably shouldn’t say this, but it’s very me. Dr. Phil is here, and in the sea of faces he has this miserable look – he's been doing it for the last hour," the British singer said from the stage at McGraw, who was in the audience. "Maybe you need to see someone about that."

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