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September 15th, 2009 by Dr. Phil

One Last Word on Michael Vick

Mike VickBy the way, the controversy over Michael Vick’s reinstatement to the NFL is still raging. Following Wednesday’s Philadelphia show, in which we had what I think was an intelligent discussion about Vick’s reinstatement, I do think some people moved their positions, but I don’t think any widespread peace has broken out between the two sides.

If you’ve been reading this blog, then you know how much I love animals, dogs in particular. I’ve also made it clear just how outraged I am with anyone who engages in dogfighting. In my opinion, people who do this kind of thing are sick, and they are sick in such a way that it’s unlikely to expect any real change from them.

Nevertheless, I personally found the Philadelphia show to be very thought-provoking — so much so, I actually forgot we were doing a show because I was so engrossed in the discussion. I went into the discussion with an open mind, but in all honesty, I was skeptical about whether Vick was rehabilitated and whether he truly had earned the right to be back in the NFL. Still, I will say, I was impressed with what I heard from Eagles head coach Andy Reid, who I spoke with the day before we did the show. The coach believes Vick is sincere, is genuinely turning his life around and is determined to never go back to that place in his life where he thought it was perfectly fine to fight dogs. (more…)

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August 30th, 2009 by Dr. Phil

A New Season Begins

dpNY_3Hey everybody! Well, I’m running around New York City like a chicken with its head cut off getting ready for our opening show.

As I have said, we’re taking the Dr. Phil show to the streets this year — taking it directly to you viewers, where you live physically and emotionally. Today alone, I’ve been talking to people at a hot dog stand next to Madison Square Garden, at the Empire State Building, at Sylvia’s soul food restaurant, even on an Amtrak train, which took me and my crew to Philadelphia and back.

I have to tell you, it feels so good and so right to be talking with people in the real world, because that’s where I come from. Talking to people on the train for example, hardworking people headed in to work, and talking about their challenges — the spirit is amazing, and the sense of humor! HA! I love these people. New Yorkers are hilarious and some do pretty good Dr. Phil impressions!
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