August 21, 2014
Dr. Phil is being criticized for visiting Britney Spears when she was in a Los Angeles hospital over the weekend.
Managing editor Harvey Levin of celebrity Web site TMZ.com says "Britney didn't ask for it, Britney didn't know about it" and he
says Spears walked out when Dr. Phil walked in.
Dr. Phil says he eventually did meet with Spears for about an hour.
He tells "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider" that she's in "dire need" of medical and psychological help.
But Star Jones told NBC's "Today" show that Spears shouldn't be seen by "a television psychologist," and should be seen by "somebody who'll take care of her."
Dr. Phil says he'll be speaking about his visit with Spears on his show this week.
TMZ.com says it spoke with eight psychiatrists who don't think Dr. Phil should've been allowed in to see Spears when he doesn't have inpatient privileges.