He says he detoxed in his Los Angeles hotel room over the course of two days before his Dr. Phil appearance and wasn't drunk when he arrived at the studio - but Herzog says he was intoxicated and on Xanax by the time he left the dressing room. All this resulted in the Survivor victor having to be carried to his chair when taping started.
In the report, 32-year-old Herzog says he was "unable to resist" drinking the booze, and then claims a show staffer gave him a Xanax pill to "calm his nerves".
According to Herzog, he was sober when he arrived, but wound up downing an entire bottle of vodka prior to the show. Through tears, Herzog slurred that he could barely walk and told Dr. Phil that he drank a liter of vodka earlier in the day.
On an episode that aired in 2013, Herzog appeared plastered and blew an eye-popping.263 - three times the legal limit.
His experience, the investigation claims, is indicative of a troubling behind-the-scenes culture at Dr. Phil which is said to value ratings and the show's dramatic storylines over the health and welfare of guests who are struggling with substance abuse. But a new report from STAT and the Boston Globe takes those charges a cut deeper, alleging that America's prevailing TV psychiatrist has actually provided drugs and alcohol to guests struggling with addiction. She detailed before her 2012 appearance that someone working on the show gave her detailed instructions to go to Skid Row in downtown L.A.to find the heroin for her niece Jordan. Smith claimed that her niece had no medical supervision. Instead, the Smiths were directed to where they could go buy some heroin from a street dealer. "None of this will deter the Dr. Phil show from its commitment to continue to educate and inform the public about the worsening epidemic of addiction". Joelle King-Parrish has stated that a staffer actually accompanied her daughter to purchase heroin before an appearance on the program previous year. King-Parrish said she asked a show staff member for help and was told to talk her to the hospital.
Joelle and Kaitlinn's trip to Skid Row was filmed for the show and played back to them durng their on-stage interview with Dr. Phil. She claims a staffer helped Kaitlin, who was pregnant at the time of the taping, get heroin before the show.
After waiting for 4 hours at the hospital without any medical attention, she left and approached one of the show's producers for assistance.
Herzog reports that he's sober and has since reconnected with friends and family.