Doctor Phil Guests Then And Now

By Nick Hadji 11 months ago

Danielle Bregoli - THEN

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The most iconic guests in the history of the whole shows has to be Danielle and her signature catchphrase, "cash me outside."  It was Danielle's mom who came to Dr Phil as her daughter was completely out of control.  Danielle would brag about stealing her mom's credit card and car.  She even threatening Dr Phil and the audience!Original content sourced from

Danielle Bregoli AKA Bhad Bhabie - NOW

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Danielle turned her appearance on the show to her advantage and gained international fame by uploading videos of her bad behavior, sending them viral.  In 2017 she became the youngest female rapper to make the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, with her debut single.  Performing under the name of Bhad Bhabie, Danielle opened an OnlyFans account, earning $1 million in the first 6 hours!

Jordan The Best Anorexic Out There - THEN

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Jordan went on the show to speak to Dr Phil about losing weight.  This was very frightening as she only weighed 75 pounds and wanted to reduce down to 70.  She admitted she loved the attention of he distraught parents and enjoyed the watchful glances from strangers in the street.

Jordan The Best Anorexic Out There - NOW

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Fast forward a few years and Jordan regrets the wasted years she spent on focussing losing weight and becoming dangerously thin.  She says she hopes she can become an inspiration to other sufferers with eating disorders.  Jordan has got herself back on track, looking and feeling healthier, both in mind and body.

The 756-Pound Man - THEN

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Robert sat on Dr Phil’s couch, head leaned back, barely able to string together a sentence because of his enormous size.  He hadn’t weighed himself in 5 years and Dr  Phil brought in an industrial scale.  Robert weighed 756 pounds.   He felt lonely, trapped and very desperate. Robert was sent to Wellspring Academy and lost 260 pounds, although he had unfortunately gained it back by 2015

The 756 Pound Man - NOW

Image source: OtagoRobert was sent to Wellspring Academy where he lost 260 pounds.  He started a YouTube channel, showing his journey and the positive effect the loss was having on him.  Unfortunately, by the end of 2015, he had put the weight back on with more besides.  It was all too much for his heart and he passed away in 2018.

Teen Murderer Zachary Davis - THEN

Image source: The TennesseanZachary Davis was probably one of Dr Phil's most disturbing guests. Zachary was 15 years old when he he bludgeoned his mom to death with a sledgehammer.  He calmly  recounted his actions and the grizzly murder of his mother during his interview in 2015. Zackery claims he did it after she failed to believe his claims of abuse by his older brother seriously.

Teen Murderer Zachary Davis - NOW

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Zachary Davis received an automatic life sentence for first degree murder after a four day trial .  On Friday June 5, Sumner County Judge Dee David Gay sentenced Davis to 20 years each for the additional charges of attempted first degree murder.  There was also the charge of aggravated arson for setting his house on fire while his older brother was inside.  His total sentence was 71 years.

Disturbing 12 Year Old Aneska - THEN

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Aneska was only 12 years old but so disturbingly violent that her parents and sibling no longer wanted to be near her.  She looked "cute and innocent but her mother claimed that Aneska held the family in a state of crisis.  She was aggressive, violent and explosive.  She was reported to have killed a nest of baby birds.

Disturbing 12 Year Old Aneska - NOW

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There was an update at the end of the 2016 episode which revealed that a doctor had discovered abnormal activity in her brain and Aneska was prescribed a new medication. Her family believe her terrifying behavior began when she fell off her bike when she was 3 years old.

Hayley Was Pregnant With Jesus - THEN

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In 2016, teenager Haley appeared on the show and revealed to the world that she was 9 months pregnant with Baby Jesus.  She said she was 100% sure about being pregnant and the identity of the baby.  Haley failed multiple pregnancy tests and a pelvic exam which all showed she was not pregnant. An ultrasound also showed no evidence of a baby.

Hayley Was Pregnant With Jesus - NOW

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After she got the multiple negative results on the show, she insisted, “You can’t lie to Jesus.”  Her other big news was that Eminem was her father!  Haley returned to the show and admitted that the phantom pregnancy had been caused by, wait for it, trapped wind.  What can you say?

Sexy Vegan THEN

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Sexy Vegan made a memorable appearance with Dr Phil in 2017, after his family had complained about his bizarre behavior.  In fact he had to be removed from the show for using excessive profanity. Originally named Hansel Marion DeBartolo III, he changed his name to Sexy Vegan and had the words tattooed on his forehead.  His family said he walked around wearing speedos, carrying a full length mirror in front of him.

Sexy Vegan - NOW

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Sexy Vegan lapped up his half hour of fame on Dr Phil's show.  He didn't change his behavior, with vanity pouring out of him!  He made headlines again in 2019, after posting inappropriate acts with animals online.  His comment to the arresting officers was that his occupation was "2020 presidential candidate".

The Guy Who Swears He Writes Taylor Swift's Songs - THEN

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Despite being only 23 years old when he spoke to Dr Phil, Riley claimed to have written hundreds of songs, the biggest of which was allegedly "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift. Swift's mother was personal friend of Dr Phil and she confirmed that she did not even know the man and he had not been credited for any of the songs.

The Guy Who Swears He Writes Taylor Swift's Songs - NOW

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When prompted to discuss the issue of him being a prolific songwriter some years later, he finally admitted drug use may have clouded his thinking.  Still delusional, he professed his love to Taylor Swift, believing they were soul mates and it was a love that would last forever!

Patricia Who Faked Cancer - THEN

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Jessica appeared on Dr Phil's show to confront her mother, Patricia, who she claimed had blatantly lied about terminal illnesses. Patricia claimed to have suffered 17 strokes and flat lined twice in the past year.  She also announced (in the same sentence),  "I have 12 titles in weightlifting, and I have cancer."  Although Patricia had undergone brain surgery, there was no cancer and she left the hospital unaided.  The lies were used to scam good people to donate to her.

Patricia Who Faked Cancer - NOW

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At this time, Patricia she has a stable job as a counsellor for patients with drug addiction. She received government assistance that made it easier to take care of 14 kids. She keeps posting on social media on regular basis and updates people about the happenings in her busy life.

Telly Zelly Wanted To Be A Rapper - THEN

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Despite doing well academically and successfully getting  good scholarships, Telly Zelly decided to become a rapper. She considered herself to be the male version of Drake and she transformed her lifestyle completely.  Telly Zelly appeared on the show with her mom who was disappointed with her daughter's choice and ambition.

Telly Zelly Wanted To Be A Rapper - NOW

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Telly Zelly found that being on television was a stepping stone to her carrying out her dream.  She would not budge from her decision to become a rapper and has put her heart and soul into this career path.  She is doing well for herself and has recently released a single "Leave Me Alone Love."

Influencer Jesse Taylor - THEN

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Jesse Taylor, just like many of the guests who featured on Dr Phil, was a budding influencer.   She was invited on because her viral video showed her experiencing an extensive meltdown because her social media account had been deleted.   The girl was literally distraught!

Influencer Jesse Taylor - NOW

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Jesse got over the heartbreak of being shut down on social media platform and took some time out.  Her spirits have since improved as she now has more than 91,000 followers on Instagram and has become a well known influencer and YouTuber.  She got her happy ending!

Burke Ramsey, Brother Of JonBenet - THEN

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Burke Ramsey's appearance on the show stirred up lots of controversy in 2016. He was the older brother of murdered JonBenet Ramsey and the only family member to not publicly address his sister's death. He appeared to be smiling when describing the events surrounding the death of his sister, although Dr Phil thought that Burke was just nervous.

Burke Ramsey, Brother Of JonBenet - NOW

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Burke lives a quiet life. He is employed as a software engineer and works mainly from home, to avoid being around people.  He has been pictured with a female but it is not known if that is his significant other.  He sued CBS for $750 million for intimating he was the murderer.

Ava Louise Who Licked A Toilet During Pandemic - THEN

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Ava Louise became famous after her video appeared on TikTok and she was seen licking a toilet during the pandemic.  The viral video was the reason she appeared on Dr Phil.   The presenter said he witnessed the weirdest personality in a person that he had ever seen.  Ava Louise commented, "I'd rather die hot than live ugly."

Ava Louise Who Licked A Toilet During Pandemic - NOW

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Ava Louise has not changed in that she wants to shock, even if it comes at a price.  She started the crazy Kanye and Jeffree rumor and then admitted she made the whole thing up.  She's bad mouthed the Kardashians and has lawsuits against her for defamation of character.  Whenever she is interviewed. she plays it dumb and says it's all a bit of fun.

Tanya Ramirez Who Had Sexual Relationship With One Of Her Students - THEN

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Tanya Ramirez was a strange guest on the show.  She worked as a coach at Corpus Christi and was living in Texas when she appeared on the show. She had a sexual relationship with one of her students and found it completely ‘normal’.  She trapped a 17 year old student through texts and flirtatious acts, carrying out illegal physical acts with him.

Tanya Ramirez Who Had Sexual Relationship With One Of Her Students - NOW

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Tanya Ramirez pleaded guilty and got 7 years probation and was registered as a sex offender.  She didn't learn her lesson and started a relationship with another student.  As she was no longer teaching, she saw nothing wrong with this!  Her husband, who she is pictured with above, is sticking by her.

Obsessive Teen Influencer Christian Aaron - THEN

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When Christian Aaron became a part of Dr Phil's show, he was a struggling YouTuber and it worried him. He wanted online fame and it became an obsession.  He discussed how much it meant to him to have strangers interested in his life and he became emotional.

Obsessive Teen Influencer Christian Aaron - NOW

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Two years down the line, Christian Aaron confessed that he felt like he had completely forgotten who he really is and has lost his identity.  Surprisingly, he's still trying to increase the number of followers on social media platforms.  He currently has 208,000 on Instagram.

Nadya Suleman, Octomom - THEN

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Nadya Suleman's case would have been interesting enough to be invited on the show - she was the mom of the first surviving octuplets - but it got more interesting when she already had six kids at home... and no job! Dr Phil asked whether she could raise 14 kids alone with no income, and she got pretty mad about that.

Nadya Suleman, Octomom - NOW

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Whilst appearing on the show, Dr Phil was trying to be more supportive in terms of help Nadya could get in raising her kids. Well, it turns out she's done good for herself, because she now has a job as a counselor, which means she has an income to feed herself - and her 14 kids!

Romina Garcia, The Defender Of Domestic Abuse - THEN

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You might never have thought you'd hear someone defending domestic abuse, but here Romina Garcia was. After her controversial outlook went viral - as these things often do - she was invited on the show, where she said that one partner hitting another was just a sign of love!

Romina Garcia, The Defender Of Domestic Abuse - NOW

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Tragically, this guest Romina Garcia has now passed away, following a surge of controversy after her appearance on Dr Phil for advocating for domestic abuse. She died back in January 2016, after apparently overdosing from heroin and being found dead in her hotel room.

Amy & Samy, The Nightmares In The Kitchen - THEN

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Amy & Samy were business owners who appeared on the show 'Kitchen Nightmares' to get help from chef Gordon Ramsay. What happened was the world got to see just how much of a nightmare they really were - enough to warrant an invite onto Dr Phil, where they defended their behavior.

Amy & Samy, The Nightmares In The Kitchen - NOW

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When appearing on Dr Phil,  the pair defended themselves and claimed that Kitchen Nightmares misrepresented them, and that they just wanted to move on from it all. So they moved - back to Israel, where Amy still works on baking goods and promoting her business on Instagram!

Michelle Knight, The Kidnap Victim - THEN

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Michelle Knight became famous for a heartbreaking reason: she was one of the kidnapping victims of Ariel Castro in the 2000s. Her appearance on Dr Phil was a powerful insight into the emotional and mental experience she'd had, and resulted in worldwide sympathy.

Michelle Knight, The Kidnap Victim - NOW

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Today, Michelle Knight is still working hard to make her story known so that she can support and help others. She changed her name for a fresh start, and wrote two books on her emotional journey. She's now working as a motivational speaker, and I think we could all benefit from listening to her!

Naya Tuiasosopo, The Catfish - THEN

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We all know in this day and age how dangerous - and popular - catfishing can be. Even celebrities are victims of catfishing - such was the case of Naya Tuiasosopo, who created a fake personality to dupe a football star and enter into a romance with the unsuspecting guy.

Naya Tuiasosopo, The Catfish - NOW

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Naya's story went on to become a Netflix documentary, 'The Girlfriend Who Didn't Exist'. Today, Naya - in which she revealed in the documentary - is now a transgender woman, and wants to put the past behind her of what she did, feeling regret over what happened.

Nicolette Gray, The Beverly Hills Brat - THEN

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It was actually Nicolette Gray's own mother that called her a 'Beverly Hills brat' - and that much was clear when she appeared on Dr Phil. She complained about not having enough allowance - and we're talking thousands of $$$ here - as well as crying when she was advised to get a job. I mean.. we kind of understand where she's coming from, but still.

Nicolette Gray, The Beverly Hills Brat - NOW

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Despite her very, very entitled attitude, she still managed to become successful - and hey, it's a job after all! She became a Vlogger, YouTuber and influencer - because of course she did - as well as her own jewelry business. So it's safe to say she's earning that allowance, and then some.

Treasure Richards, The Black Woman Who Said She Was White - THEN

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Treasure Richards appeared on the show as a normal black American teen - normal, apart from the fact she believed she was white. She was adamant of her skin color, as well as saying she shared the ideologies of white people, and that she didn't particularly like African-Americans.

Treasure Richards, The Black Woman Who Said She Was White - THEN

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Treasure Richards also has a sister, who later - after her appearance on the show - came out to say that her sister's entire story had been fake. These days, though, Treasure Richards is active on TikTok - even shouting out to her 'Dr Phil' appearances to her followers.

Cheyenne, 'The Sex Worker' - THEN

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Cheyenne was a 19 year old girl whose mother reached out to Dr Phil after becoming concerned when Cheyenne moved out and began living in a motel with 'two strangers'. It was understood that Cheyenne was a sex worker, and her mother believed the other two people from the motel were another sex worker, and pimp.

Cheyenne, 'The Sex Worker' - NOW

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Not much is known about Cheyenne now since that explosive appearance. The people she lived in a motel with claimed that they weren't pimp and sex worker at all, and that Cheyenne was living some version of her best life. Could she have eventually changed her mind and gone back to her mom?

Noah From Brat Camp - THEN

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Brat Camp was a part of the Dr Phil show where some guests would actually live in his 'house'. Noah was one of the guests who moved in along with his mother, and soon proved how Brat Camp got his name. He was a misbehaving child, to say the least, and this 'camp' was supposed to help parents and kids dealing with that.

Noah From Brat Camp - NOW

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Noah seems to have faded into obscurity pretty much, but we hope that's because he actually started behaving and is just living a quiet life! After the show, though, he did go viral for his antics - including hitting his mother in the house - and he remains one of the most memorable guests.

Riley & Tanya, The Sugar Baby Duo - THEN

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Back in 2014, Riley and Tanya were a mother daughter duo who ended up making for rather uncomfortable viewing on the show. This is because they revealed they were a mother-daughter 'sugar baby duo'.  Their shared business would include entertaining wealthy clients.

Riley & Tanya, The Sugar Baby Duo - NOW

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Not much is known about the mother-daughter entrepreneurs these days, but maybe their business is still successful today. They did note on the show that none of what they provide includes intercourse - which would be more weird with mother/daughter - so there's that.