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Dr Phil Stages An Intervention With A Former Next Top Model Contestant

Jael a former contestant on Cycle 8 of America’s Next Top model has had an intervention staged on Dr Phil to help her with her drug addiction.

It is five years since she came top six on ANTM, and since then has become poly drug addict including meth.

Dr Phil staged an intervention with her parents and of course this was to be shown on his show. Dr Drew Pinksy of Celebrity Rehab fame must have been peeved he did not get her for his show. Believe it or not this is the first time I have seen Dr Phil’s show and it did raise issues of exploitation for ratings.

I do prefer Dr Drew’s manner to Dr Phil’s, but both do have huge egos.

The story was portrayed in a very sensationalistic manner.

But on the other hand the girl was in a bad state and if she does get clean does it matter how it was achieved and Dr Phil is paying the bills.

The full segment is below and does show the ravages on the body that drugs particularly meth can have. It was hard not to become emotionally engaged with the story.

8 comments

1 Cookie { 09.18.12 at 7:16 pm }

Thanks for posting the clip. I saw stills of this either today or yesterday and wanted to watch the ep.

I will say that Dr Phil is marginalising on Jael’s (what awful name BTW) celebrity, but I do think he genuinely want’s to help. Her family really wants his help, and she wants his help. So it’s all for the greater good.

In saying that though, did you read the super at around 23mins in? ‘Lindsay Lohan’s parent tell their side of the story on Monday’. Seem like Dr Phil is trying his hand at fixing celebrity trash-bags. Watch out for Amanda Bynes next.

2 brain dead dave { 09.18.12 at 7:32 pm }

Yes, Lindsay Lohan’s mother gives Dr Phil a torrid, out there interview on Monday . I’ll look forward to that.

Dr Phil failed badly with Octomum and a radio celebrity before.You’d think he’d learn but like he always says , the best indicator of future behaviour is past behaviour. He loves ratings and sensationalism.

3 Morgan { 09.18.12 at 8:40 pm }

I remember Jael fondly. This is really sad news and I hope she gets the help she needs.

4 Reality Raver { 09.18.12 at 8:45 pm }

BDD – Is that the mum Lohan one the really weird one where she looks like she is on something.

Morgan – Here was another article I found http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/americas-next-top-models-jael-strauss-meth-addiction-whitney-thompson-caridee-english-open-up-2012179
where Caridee did not think Jael was strong enough for the show.

5 brain dead dave { 09.19.12 at 9:11 am }

I think so, RR. I’ve seen a bit of it and she’s had a few drinks at least.

6 planb { 09.19.12 at 10:45 am }

Jael was on something during her season of America’s Next Top Model, pills probably, and from veiled references she made then was clearly involved or had been involved in the drug culture prior to that. I think any way anyone can get help, at a certain point, it’s worth a try. She’s not at a point to want it herself, so who cares if it’s via Dr Phil – it’s a chance at a turnaround. Might buy her some time.

7 Stacey { 09.19.12 at 12:38 pm }

Cookie – her name is pronounced Jay-elle. Not jail haha.
I remember her from that cycle they came to Australia. She was one of my favourites but she did seem a little out of it back then, too.

8 Reality Raver { 09.19.12 at 3:46 pm }

Well here is a short link to the Lindsay Lohan’s mum interview and she looks out of it no wonder her daughter is a mess with the parents she has.
http://www.vulture.com/2012/09/video-dina-lohans-wacky-dr-phil-interview.html