Psychologist Phillip C. McGraw, Oprah Winfrey’s regular guest and now the star of his own TV show, is Oprah’s Oprah—one of her “pivotal people” (to use his term).
Dr. Phil, as he is known (his Ph.D is from the University of Tulsa), entered her life after Texas cattlemen sued her for slandering beef. She had sworn off hamburgers during a 1996 show on mad cow disease. McGraw’s litigation consulting firm, Courtroom Sciences, helped her win the case, and he won her confidence. He began appearing on her show in 1998.
The Texan is noted for his “Get re-e-eal here” manner. He’s a 21st-century cowpoke, genteel enough to talk to the ladies but cowboy enough to punch out the BSers. He uses solid mainstream psychology and is well organized and highly accessible. He does psychology without the footnotes.