Al Roker condemns ‘Dr. Phil’ interview with Shelley Duvall
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, November 19, 2016, 10:27 AM
Well-known TV personality Al Roker has some advice for Phil McGraw after the daytime doctor publicly shamed mentally ill actress Shelley Duvall on his talk show.
Roker, a co-anchor on NBC’s “Today,” said McGraw should explain himself after he exploited “The Shining” star.
Duvall appeared on an episode of “Dr. Phil” on Friday where she said she feared being murdered and believed her late “Popeye” co-star Robin Williams was still alive as a shape-shifter.
Dr. Phil interviews Shelley Duvall in a highly controversial segment from Nov. 18.
“What purpose is possibly served by @DrPhil exploiting a mentally ill star like #ShelleyDuval ? A spotlight on mental illness? C’mon, Phil,” Roker tweeted Saturday morning alongside the hashtag “ShameOnPhil.”
“How about first treating #ShelleyDuval away from your cameras and if successful, presenting before and after. But that was shameful,” he continued.
Al Roker, a well-known TV personality, condemned Dr. Phil for his interview with actress Shelley Duvall on Nov. 18.
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The actress had not been treated for a mental illness prior to appearing on television. McGraw framed the episode as an attempt to help her find treatment.
She reportedly ended up refusing the help, but McGraw said his staff was working with professionals in Texas to get her the help she needed.
Vivian Kubrick, the daughter of Stanley Kubrick, who directed Duvall in “The Shining,” started a GoFundMe page in support of the actress. The effort raised nearly $ 15,000 of its $ 100,000 goal in under a day.
Vivian was one of the first people to denounce the interview, calling it “appallingly cruel” and an “exploitation.”
Duvall was a Hollywood standout before her retreat from the public eye.
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Journalist Ronan Farrow — the son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen — lashed out against Dr. Phil, calling the interview an “exploitation.”
“Interviewers sometimes must show suffering. It’s our ethical responsibility to do so with compassion. Duvall appears to have been shown none,” he wrote.
Duvall, 67, rose to fame starring alongside Jack Nicholson in the classic horror flick “The Shining” and went on to portray Olive Oyl in “Popeye.” But she has strayed from the spotlight in recent years.
When Dr. Phil asked Duvall if she was by herself often, she solemnly replied, “too much.”