Dr. Phil on Nick Gordon: Was It an Interview, an Intervention or Exploitation?
The heavily promoted interview with Nick Gordon, boyfriend of Bobbi Kristina Brown, on Dr. Phil’s show last Wednesday, March 11, has earned a lot of criticism. The show, which turned into an intervention for Gordon, aimed at only one thing: to become a hit with ratings, even as it was clear that the drama around it was manufactured. Read on for the story.
In the said interview, Gordon admitted that he was stressed over Bobbi Kristina’s hospitalization. The only daughter of 80’s superstar Whitney Houston, Bobbi Kristina was found lying in her bathtub over a month ago, under suspicious circumstances. While she remains in a coma at the hospital, Gordon has been at odds with his girlfriend’s family, including Bobbi Kristina’s father, Bobby Brown. The Browns have banned Gordon from visiting Bobbi Kristina.
Gordon said that the incident left a scar in his mind and he thought of committing suicide several times. Gordon added that he’s been taking Xanax with alcohol to cope.
During the course of the show, which took place in a hotel room, it was evident that Gordon was wasted. He couldn’t even speak coherently. So, why wasn’t the interview stopped?
Dr. Phil defends, however, that the interview was actually stopped because it was clear Gordon needed an intervention. Speaking with ABC News, Dr. Phil said that Gordon’s lawyers suggested it.
“They’re concerned for his very life, his very well-being and so much so that the ability to sit down and do an interview with him… is just not an option,” said Dr. Phil via ABC News.
But instead of turning the cameras off, the show went on to film everything else. Dr. Phil thought that facilitating Gordon’s rehabilitation is a form of helping, but stunt was shunned by one of Whitney Houston’s friends, Whoopi Goldberg.
“It’s just irresponsible all the way round to have done this (set up the interview), just ’cause you could. It’s just irresponsible to me,” said Goldberg on her morning show “The View.”
From interview to intervention, the whole thing, it seems, was more like an exploitation where Nick Gordon was clearly the ‘victim’ and at the receiving end.
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