A promo for Friday’s edition of “Dr. Phil” in which actress Shelly Duvall discusses her mental illness while making a series of bizarre and startling statements is causing no end of controversy on social media, with Dr. Phil McGraw being taken to task by Twitter users who accuse him of “exploiting” Duvall’s obviously precarious condition.
In the promo (which has since been removed from YouTube), the star of such films as “The Shining” and “Popeye” tells Dr. Phil that she believes Robin Williams didn’t die but has shape-shifted to another form and that her life is in danger from the Sheriff of Nottingham of “Robin Hood” lore, ultimately admitting: “I’m very sick. I need help.”
While the clip spawned numerous headlines about Duvall’s shocking condition, the reaction on social media has largely been negative as people slam Dr. Phil for “exploiting” the actress and her apparent mental illness in tweets such as these:
Meanwhile, the daughter of “The Shining” director Stanley Kubrick, wrote an open letter to Dr. Phil and his producers to register her disgust with their plans to air the interview, describing it as
appalling cruel” and admitting “I recoil in complete disgust” and asking viewers to boycott “your utterly heartless form of entertainment.”
In any case, the “Dr. Phil” interview with Shelly Duvall is scheduled to air on Friday, Nov. 18, with a new promo now in place: