He is 65 years old and easily one of the finest hosts on Televisiob. And even though now reaching an old age, he is easily one of the richest celebrities in the United States today. Today, we take a closer look at Phil McGraw, host noted for his acclaimed television talk show Dr.Phil.
Before we look closely at Phil, let us highlight his show, Dr. Phil. The show covers a wide variety of topics – from financial losses and work struggle to weight loss, unsuccessful marriages or relationships, rebellious teenagers, dysfunctional families and everything in between. In short, McGraw is no less than a psychologist, giving suggestions to a lot of people. The only difference: his patients are on reel and he earns much more than any normal psychological counselors.
The show has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy every year since it started back in 2002. And given the fact that Dr.Phil racks up a staggering $80 million each year, it is unlikely that the show will stop soon. The show is easily the greatest and most popular talk show after the Oprah Winfrey show. McGraw had eventually started out his career in the Oprah Winfrey Show, only to start his own show later.
After graduating from the Midwestern State University with a B.A. in psychology way back in 1975, Phil continued with an M.A. in experimental psychology in 1976, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of North Texas. There, he was guided by Frank Lawlis. Lawlis later also became the primary contributing psychologist in his show Dr. Phil. The show, since its start, has not been short of controversy. From lawsuits filed to cut-off scenes to some in-and-out problems with celebrities like Britney Spears, the show has occasionally been in limelight for a number of wrong reasons. However, the positivity has prevailed and hence, it is not hard to find that the popularity of the show is very strong, even today.
Phil has also had a successful career as a writer – he himself being the author of many many books. Some of his most notable books include Life Code, Family First, The Ultimate Weight Solution, The Ultimate Weight Solution: Recipes for Ultimate Weight Loss Freedom etc.
Dr.Phil has been married twice in his life, with many rumors of on and off relationships. He first married Debbie Higgins McCall, who was an ex-cheerleader and homecoming queen. However, the two separated after Higgins claimed that Phil was apparently “domineering” and disapproving of his wife being involved in anything professionally. After the divorce, he then married Robin McGraw with whom he has two sons – namely Jay and Jordan. McGraw is also a pilot, occasionally flying charters for fun. He is a constant Twitter user, so follow him to catch up on his shows.