In the statement, the attorney also refuted allegations of racism on set, calling them an “absurd, ridiculous attention grab” perpetuated by BuzzFeed.

CelebHomes News received a statement from a spokesperson for BuzzFeed, saying that BuzzFeed’s article contained “verifiably false characterizations.” He also described the piece as a “sensationalized” and “baseless article.”

Dr. Phil and our hard-working, diverse team of more than 200 proud staff, many of whom have been here for two decades, have sincerely and respectfully worked with thousands of appreciative guests,” the spokesperson said. Show executives and staff have worked since the inception to foster a safe and collaborative environment for guests and Dr. Phil McGraw.

Dr. Phil first premiered in 2002, after the host gained popularity as a guest expert on Oprah Winfrey’s Show. In 2018, it was renewed through to 2023 in a four-season deal, according to Deadline.