The long-running daytime speak present “Dr. Phil” carried out a spherical of layoffs forward of its upcoming season this fall, a spokesperson for the present confirmed on Friday.
The associated fee-cutting transfer affected about 25 staff, most of which labored in manufacturing roles for the speak present, the “Dr. Phil” spokesperson stated, including the present had “streamlined manufacturing to make sure longevity.”
“As is typical of this course of there have been some roles we found that we might scale back but nonetheless ship our dynamic, forward-thinking program,” the spokesperson stated in a press release to The Submit.
Selection was first to report on the layoffs.
The pink slips had been dispersed months after allegations of a poisonous office atmosphere rocked “Dr. Phil,” the present named for its eponymous host, Dr. Phil McGraw.
A report from Buzzfeed Information detailed allegations from a dozen present and former workers who stated they “skilled verbal abuse in a office that fosters concern, intimidation, and racism” whereas on set. Seven of the employees who spoke to the outlet additionally stated that friends showing on the present are “manipulated and handled unethically.”
The layoffs largely focused staffers working in manufacturing on the present.NBCU Photograph Financial institution/NBC Common by way of
“Everybody was simply fairly depressing. You’d stroll into the constructing and there was only a palpable dread and anxiousness,” one former worker informed the outlet on the time. “Dr. Phil — the present about psychological well being the place all people who works on it has horrible psychological well being as a result of our working situations had been actually dangerous.”
One other ex-worker stated the present’s summer season hiatus was their solely reprieve and that they “would have nightmares” concerning the job.
“I might actually be working in my sleep and have nightmares about one thing being improper or not handing over one thing the best approach,” the previous worker stated. “Even after I stop, I needed to go to remedy for it, which is loopy since you’re working for a therapist.”
About 25 staff had been impacted by the layoffs.Getty Photographs
McGraw was not personally implicated in any wrongdoing on set. As an alternative, the staffers stated the present’s prime producers had been chargeable for the poisonous tradition.
A spokesperson for “Dr. Phil” denied the allegations in Buzzfeed’s report, referring to them as a “click-bait story” containing “verifiably and objectively false characterizations and reporting.”
“Dr. Phil” will debut its twenty first season in September on CBS. The present is presently set to air by way of at the very least Could 2023.