My cell rang last week and displayed a Boca Raton phone number…
When I answered, the caller identified herself as a senior editor with The National Enquirer. My first thought was, “Are they still in business?”
Turns out Enquiring minds wanted to find out about an interview I did years ago on my radio show. She told me they were doing a story about the TV non-doctor, Dr. Phil.
Apparently a book is out called, The Making of Dr. Phil, where Phil’s first wife, Debbie McCall, was quoted extensively from an on air interview I did with her, around 1998.
The Enquirer wanted to know if I could remember a few juicy tidbits from the interview, as ex-wife Debbie is now very reluctant to speak to the media.
I didn’t want to admit that I have trouble remembering what I had for lunch, so I told her I would check some facts and call back.
I contacted my former sidekick, Kimberly Ray, and together we were able to piece together some quotes from the former Mrs. Dr.
Debbie McCall, living in Topeka at the time, had detailed her daily verbal and mental abuse from Dr. Phil (“stupid” was a frequent nickname), plus a regular regimen of drinking and Dr. Phil-landering. Basically, that he was an all around jerk of a husband.
I related the stories to the Enquirer editor, and she told me the issue will be out next week. I’m sure Dr. Phil would diagnose some underlying cry for attention on my part, but, honestly….I just answered my phone!