The real-life saga of sex, medicine and murder involving convicted killer Dr. Martin MacNeill, his slain, ex-beauty queen wife Michelle and a mistress named Gypsy has proven to be tragedy porn ratings gold for morning news programs and talk shows. On Monday's episode of Dr. Phil, Alexis MacNeill—who helped prosecutors in Utah go after her father for her mother's murder—reacts to Gypsy Willis' recent appearance on the chatfest. Watch the promo for Monday's installment of Dr. Phil after the jump!
In what is sure to be must see TV, Cleveland kidnapping victim Michelle Knight will sit down with Dr. Phil. The young woman will share her story about being imprisoned by Ariel Castro and the horrible conditions she and two other women endured, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The show says Knight "describes the horrible conditions in the house" and discusses her physical, mental and sexual abuse. That includes "being tied up like a fish" and spending weeks chained and tortured in the basement, according to the show. READ MORE
Steve Harvey's next New York Times best seller could be entitled Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Hit Talk Show host. The comedian's self-titled daytime chatfest tied Katie in the Nielsen ratings the week ending Oct. 20. Both sophomore vehicles netted a 1.7 in households for the week. Steve Harvey was up 6 percent over the previous week in households; 10 percent among women 25.54. READ MORE
Judge Judith Sheindlin continues to throw the book at her syndicated competition. For the seventh week in a row, Judge Judy was the No. 1 regular weekday show. Classic game show Wheel of Fortune had the most total viewers for the week ending Oct. 13, while Dr. Phil was the most-watched syndicated daytime talk show. For the complete syndicated cable ratings, click here! READ MORE
To kick off Season 12 of The Dr. Phil Show, the no-nonsense therapist had a one-on-one with Donna Micheletti, the mother of former The Bachelor contestant Gia Allemand, who recently committed suicide. Dr. Phil McGraw also interviewed Jake Pavelka, who romanced Allemand on the reality competition show.
During the episode, Allemand's mother revealed she was on the phone with her daughter, moments before she hanged herself. Micheletti gave her thoughts on what led her daughter to take her own life. She also explained during her daughter’s menstrual cycle, she would have severe mood swings, causing her to turn into someone unrecognizable. Watch the heartbreaking clip below.