Why Dr. Phil’s Interview With Nick Gordon Appeared Exploitative and Awkward

Nick Gordon; his mother, Michelle; and Dr. Phil McGraw, TV’s Dr. Phil 
Nick Gordon; his mother, Michelle; and Dr. Phil McGraw, TV’s Dr. Phil 

Bobbi Kristina Brown’s boyfriend, Nick Gordon, recently sat down with Dr. Phil for what he assumed was a “tell-all” interview, but in all actuality, it wasn’t. Gordon’s mother, Michelle, actually staged an intervention for her son, whose family fears has been abusing alcohol and drugs since Brown has been in a medically induced coma.

In January, Gordon found Brown unconscious in a bathtub and attempted to resuscitate her. Since her hospitalization, Gordon has been pleading with the Brown family to see his girlfriend but has been denied access and is currently under investigation by police for any possible involvement.

Although Dr. Phil called his segment with Gordon an intervention, it seemed more like exploitation. It appeared that Gordon was under the influence of something, whether drugs or alcohol. Before the interview, Dr. Phil was outside the hospital where Brown is being treated, and he spoke about Gordon’s emotional turmoil as well as showed video of Gordon from the night before, which appeared to show him drunk and stumbling around.


As the interview got under way, more footage was shown, but this time with Gordon and his mother in an elevator, with Gordon appearing to be even more incoherent, but not incoherent enough to actually request that he not be shown on TV in his condition. And this is where the show should have ended. But of course, this is ratings gold for Dr. Phil, so it continued.

During the actual interview, which aired Wednesday, Dr. Phil told Gordon’s mother how her son wouldn’t survive his ordeal and that he was going to end up harming himself. Gordon’s emotions appeared to swing greatly throughout the interview, and of course, Dr. Phil’s advice to Gordon to enter rehab was timely, but not appropriately done.

Dr. Phil’s form of “tough love” and therapy is the equivalent of going to an urgent-care center instead of seeing your primary physician. It’s fast, it’s cheap and it may not even heal the issue at hand, so eventually you’ll have to find your way to quality health care. Hopefully, after Gordon’s stint in his Dr. Phil-endorsed rehab, he’ll have some improvement in his life. But I also hope that he continues to seek help afterward.

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