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David Letterman was joking around with Dr. Phil last night, only he wasn't really joking when it came to Donald Trump's criticism of President Obama.

He began by asking Phil about Trump, and Phil didn't really bite. What Dave was really doing was giving himself his own segue to lay into the Donald.

Dave said, flat-out, that beyond the birth certificate, Trump's questioning of Obama - how he got into Harvard, how he wrote his memoirs - is racist.

“It smacks of racism,” said Letterman, noting that while it's all a giant media circus to a degree, “Nobody should be amused by that tactic.”

Trying to diffuse things, Dr. Phil said he doesn’t think Trump “has a racist bone in his body," but rather "just doesn’t think things through.”

Dave scoffed and said if Trump returns to The Late Show - “and I’m not sure that we want him back” - he “ought to be prepared to apologize.”

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Popular daytime TV blowhard Dr. Phil has always been a bit of an attack dog. Just ask the two women he locked in a house with some naked dude.

It's his actual dog who's at the center of the doc's latest controversy, though.

Dr. Phil and Jordan McGraw

Phil and Robin McGraw are being sued for personal injury and damages after it attacked their best friend at the couple’s mansion in Beverly Hills.

Janet Harris filed suit against the pair this week, alleging that the couple’s gross negligence resulted in serious injuries courtesy of Maggie.

Harris claims she was brutally mauled by canine without provocation or warning, resulting in cuts, abrasions and deep puncture wounds.

The McGraws allegedly refused to provide compensation or assistance to Janet to aid with her illness, according to her attorney, who notes:

“While their friend suffered severe pain and mental anguish, the McGraws finalized the purchase of a $29.5 million Beverly Hills mansion.”

Way to get in that highly relevant dig, attorney guy. Funny, though ...

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Several women are suing TV doctor personality Dr. Phil, claiming he traumatized them by trapping them in a house and forcing them to look at a naked man.

Somewhere, Brett Favre is jealous he didn't think of this.

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Four years ago, six individuals, including plaintiffs Crystal Matchett and Shirley Dieu, were invited to a house as Phil's "dinner guests." Worst. Dinner. Ever.

The invitation was part of a Big Brother-esque type episode where these individuals were secured in a "mock house" with no contact from the outside world.

On the third night, the women opened the door to their "house" to find a naked man. The women then hid in a room and allegedly asked to leave.

The TV crew laughed at them and promptly refused.

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Less than a week after saying Dr. Phil was "the only one" who could save his troubled marriage, Evander Holyfield now refuses to go on the blowhard's talk show.

Over the weekend, the former boxing champ and wife Candi Holyfield were flown first class to L.A. by the show’s producers and put up at a hotel in Hollywood.

But a private meeting between the couple and Dr. Phil at the host's Beverly Hills estate to discuss the format of their interview quickly turned into a disaster.

“The truth is Evander did not like Dr. Phil and what he was proposing," a source said. “There was a clash of personalities. He felt he was totally man-bashing him."

Whatever that means, it can't be good!

Unfortunately, no physical blows were exchanged.

The Holyfields were also put off by Dr. Phil's wife Robin who "was floating around the house entertaining other guests inside their massive mansion."

The Holyfields' issues began earlier this month when Candi asked for a protective order, claiming Evander hit her during an argument in their home.

Candi wanted him to turn up the thermostat and he allegedly beat her for not putting God first. There's something in the Bible about thermostats.

She later asked for the restraining order to be lifted. In order to rebuild their image, they reached out to Dr. Phil last week ... but that went south.

“He’s not the type of guy who likes to feel bullied," says a source. "That was what Dr. Phil was trying to do and it wouldn’t help his marriage one iota."

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Troubled boxing champion Evander Holyfield and his wife Candi are reaching out to the only man they say can solve their domestic woes: TV blowhard Dr. Phil!

Seriously. They feel the way to resolve their marriage issues - she wants him to turn up the heat, he beats her for not putting God first - is through his format.

Candi Holyfield filed, but then agreed to drop a request for a protective order against Evander over that incident. Today, they issued a joint statement saying:

"We are in agreement that we both are moving forward to reach out to Dr. Phil one-on-one as we believe he is the only one who can help us at this time."

The ONLY one who can help them. They wrote this.

"We each admire and respect Dr. Phil for his down to earth and heartfelt approach in working with couples and relationships in a positive and uplifting way."

If you're Evander and Candi Holyfield, why resolve your private issues with a real therapist when you can do so on TV with this guy running the show?

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Just in case you thought you'd heard everything, a woman is Shirley Dieu is suing TV shrink/blowhard Dr. Phil for holding her captive inside his office.

During her alleged time in captivity, Dieu says that Phil forced her to stare at a naked man for some reason. He also grabbed one of her boobs there.

Dr. Phil and Jordan McGraw

According to the suit, she went to Phil to seek therapy, but claims he tried to "brainwash" her and force her to endure physical and emotional abuse.

The incident supposedly took place in 2007.

She's probably full of it, but the guy tried to cash on Britney Spears' meltdown and supposedly on Mindy McCready's suicide attempt, so who knows.

Shirley claims Phil forced her to "be in the same room with a completely naked live man while he exposed his entire naked body, genitals and all."

A copy of Phil's latest bestseller.

At that point, she alleges she tried to escape the building, but "was blocked by the staff to prevent her from leaving." Sounds downright cult-ish.

In the court documents filed yesterday, Shirley also claims Phil "touched her left breast during her therapy session." Likely on purpose. Bad doc!

Shirley also claims Phil lied to her about being a "real" doctor, alleging that the TV shrink "is not licensed to practice in the state of California."

How much money the traumatized patient wants to receive from Dr. Phil was not directly specified, but we don't suppose it's a small amount.

Nor should it be. Might as well go for broke with a frivolous lawsuit against a fame-crazed blowhard if you're going to file it in the first place.

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Struggling crooner and Roger Clemens mistress Mindy McCready is headed to rehab after trying to finish herself off with vodka and Ambien - and ding dang it, Dr. Phil's inserting himself into the whole shebang!

McCready went off the deep end late last week after getting dumped by her boyfriend and collapsed while on the telephone with her mother.

She downed a bottle of vods and pills in what sources say was a suicide attempt. This followed a pair of spectacular arrests earlier this year.

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She's now headed to Arizona for treatment, and a source says that was all the brainchild of none other than Dr. Blowhard, er, Phil, himself.

Hoping to get some cash and publicity lend a helping hand, the selfless Phil has taken Mindy McCready under his wing as a "personal project."

As for whether or not she'll be on the show, time will tell. We just want him to take on DMX as his next pet project. Now that would be good TV.

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A new chapter in Dr. Phil's publicity crisis was written over the weekend, and some sources close to the show wonder whether his show will survive.

NOTE: Cross your fingers that it won't!

Dr. Phil and Jordan McGraw

Already having the year from hell, the shrink and daytime talk show host is under some intense scrutiny for posting $30,000 bail for Mercades Nichols, one of eight teens arrested for severely beating another teenager in Florida.

The Dr. Phil show has issued a statement saying that "certain staff members went beyond our guidelines (re: the bail being paid)," but a source close to the show's production fears that this incident could be the final straw.

"It's getting desperate behind the scenes. Dr. Phil is so demanding, and there's a feeling anyone will do anything for the get. But it creates chaos. I don't know how much longer everyone can take it," a source told MSNBC.

Dr. Phil just wants to help... by meddling and trying to cash in.

The talk-show shrink earlier this year came under fire for spreading word that he'd visited Britney Spears at Cedar-Sinai at the request of the family, and was going to be the one to save the troubled pop star.

Later on, however, with the recovering pop singer still in the hospital, a doubt began to emerge as to whether the self-serving hack sought the publicity from getting involved, rather than the Spears family really requesting his services.

Thus, credibility concerns are front and center right now.

"People don't trust him like they used to," a source revealed. "The Britney Spears incident was beyond embarrassing. How do you bounce back from this?"

Does that mean Dr. Phil's days with the show are numbered?

Rumors about Oprah Winfrey's Harpo productions cutting ties with Dr. Phil have been circulating for months, but even if Harpo did pull out, it's still CBS TV that handles the day-to-day production of the show. Stay tuned.

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The LAPD slapped Britney Spears with a temporary restraining order last Thursday during her custody standoff, celebrity news sources report.

Called an "emergency protective order," it is enforced for five business days. LAPD officers took this step to "stabilize the situation," Kevin Federline's attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, confirmed to People.

Mark Vincent Kaplan, who did not request the restraining order, declined to say whether he would seek to extend it beyond five days.

"Kevin doesn't want to keep his kids from being involved in [Spears'] life. But foremost is that the children be in an environment of structure [and] stability," he said. "The next goal in this process is to get things to a point where both parents are able to participate fully in their [children's] lives."

Spears, 26, was stripped of all custody and visitation rights with Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, pending her next hearing January 14.

Meanwhile, her family is now blasting Dr. Phil McGraw for "breaching their trust and misleading the public" in speaking out about his visit with her.

"He was not invited to make this a public display," Lou Taylor, spokesman for Brit's mom, Lynne Spears, said on Today this morning.

Taylor denied Dr. Phil's claims that Britney's parents planned to appear on his talk show following her stint in L.A.'s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center last week, calling McGraw's plans to do a show on Britney "self-serving."

The day he visited Britney in the hospital �" Dr. Phil claimed Lynne called him to come intervene �" he released a statement saying Britney Spears that was "in dire need of both medical and psychological intervention" and that he planned to address her mental situation on an upcoming episode of Dr. Phil Now.

Of media criticism surrounding his association with Spears, Phil fired back in a statement released Monday, saying "they want to criticize me for trying to help her? Get real. She needs less publicity, not more!"

Regardless, the increasingly insane Britney has put her family in a tough spot. "She needs to be on suicide watch," her aunt, Chanda McGovern, said.

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This is bad news for celebrity gossip, but good news for humanity.

Bowing to public pressure, Dr. Phil has pulled the plug on his Britney Spears special tomorrow, as he had planned after meeting the train wreck in L.A.

Summoned to the hospital by Lynne Spears this past weekend after Britney's infamous mental spazz-fest, the good doctor planned a show about it.

But it's now off. Why? In a statement on his site, Dr. Phil writes:

"As was widely reported this weekend, at the request of concerned family members, I visited Britney Spears in the hospital. The details of that visit will, of course, remain private. We had planned to tape a "Dr. Phil Now" special show today, focusing not on the tabloid side of Britney Spears' latest problems, but instead on the very serious issues surrounding this case.

Clearly it is not just Britney's family struggling to protect adult children who cannot be ordered or compelled to seek help. Because the Spears situation is too intense at this time, and out of consideration to the family, I have made the decision not to move forward with the taping at this particular time. Britney and her family are in our prayers, and we ask that they be in yours."

*Tear* Awww. Dr. Phil, you big sap, you. You know what? You're in our prayers here at The Hollywood Gossip, big fella.

NOTE: Said prayers may or may not involve you being hit by a bus.

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