TV shrink Dr. Phil McGraw has recorded an interview with Entertainment Tonight, due to air this evening.
On his recent visit with recently hospitalized Britney - McGraw, 57, said: “I want to make it very clear that I went to see Britney at the request of her family. That was private and it will stay private. I’ve been working with this [Spears] family behind the scenes for a long time, longer than you can imagine. We decided to pay her a visit in the hospital. Getting into Cedars-Sinai is like getting into Fort Knox. I was met at the elevator by a family member then we all left at the same time, because she had been discharged.”
On tabloid criticism surrounding his association with the Toxic singer, he said: “They are waiting for her next melt down. They want to criticize me for trying to help her? Get real. She needs less publicity, not more!”
His message to Britney: “You can make this okay. Your family loves you. You may not always agree with what they say, with what they do but they’ve loved you when you weren’t lovable, he said. “Turn to the people that love you and listen. You have two children and you are the one in this world to protect them. There is no sacrifice that Lynne won’t make for you and there is no sacrifice that your father won’t make. They are the people that want nothing from you, and everything for you.”
Britney got a visit from McGraw - who shot to fame following appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1995, shortly before she was released Saturday.
He told CBS’ The Early Show this morning that Lynne Spears initially called him to intervene.
Amidst the growing negative publicity, McGraw has now cancelled his Britney special and vowed to keep the details of their conversation private. “As was widely reported this weekend, at the request of concerned family members, I visited Britney Spears in the hospital,” his statement said. “The details of that visit will, of course, remain private.
“We had planned to tape a Dr. Phil Now show today, focusing not on the tabloid side of Britney’s latest problems, but instead on the very serious issues surrounding this case.
“Clearly, it is not just Britney’s family struggling to find a way to protect adult children who cannot be ordered or compelled to seek help.”
The statement continued: “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.”