Dr. Phil McGraw, America’s favorite unlicensed psychologist and self-proclaimed therapist to the stars, has offered to provide Tiger Woods with free psychological counseling if it will help him “get real” again.
In an interview between Dr. Phil and Tiger last week on the set of The View, Tiger agreed to be asked certain questions by Dr. Phil in public so that America could get a first-hand look at what was really happening in Tiger’s life and understand the long recovery road he has in front of him. Here are the highlights of that interview:
Dr. Phil: Hi Tiger, I understand you’re in a bit of a mess right now, is that right?
Tiger: Yes, I am.
Dr. Phil: So tell us, what made you decide to lose all that weight in the first place?
Tiger: What weight?
Dr. Phil: Right. So how are you coping with the reports that your wife may be a shopaholic?
Tiger: My wife doesn’t have a shopping problem.
Dr. Phil: Well, I think we should get to the bottom of your fear of heights. You know, it’s nothing to be ashamed of son.
Tiger: I don’t know what you are talking about. I’m not afraid of anything except maybe you.
Dr. Phil: Interesting. What we’d like to do is have you medically examined to rule out tinnitus before we say the voices in your head are all in your head.
Tiger (turning to Barbara Walters): What the hell is he talking about?
Barbara Walters: Listen to him Tiger. He is the best on television, you know. Look what he did for Britney.
Dr. Phil: When you say you think your mother is smoking pot, do you mean metaphorically speaking?
Tiger: Smoking pot? My mother smoking pot? Are you deranged?
Dr. Phil: Ok, then, it appears to me that we need to get your wife here on stage and discuss the problem you all are having this holiday season as to where you two are going to spend Christmas day. Can’t you just split your time between your parents’ home and hers?
Tiger: Ok, I think I see what you are trying to do Dr. Phil. Look, it’s working. I’m a sex addict, ok? You figured it out. Now what can you do for me?
Dr. Phil: Tiger, hiding behind that wall you’ve built around yourself and not talking about your problems is self-defeating. What can we do to get you to open up to us?
Tiger(in tears) (to Barbara): Make him stop, please Barbara, make him stop.
Barbara Walters: Dr. Phil, another amazing breakthrough. How do you do it?
Dr. Phil: Right. Let’s ask the audience. “How many here believe that latent homosexuality exists in women just as much as it does in men?”