Shelley Duvall was once a hugely prolific actress, appearing in many Robert Altman films, The Shining, and her own Faerie Tale Theatre program. Since the early 2000s, she’s been out of the public eye. She always seemed somewhat delicate, especially to those of us who watched the behind-the-scenes documentary on The Shining. And she certainly wasn’t bothering anyone being left alone.
So it would make sense that miserable exploitative monster Dr. Phil McGraw would trot her out and display what is clearly a severe mental illness none of us needed to see at all let alone watch as entertainment.
UPDATE: the YouTube video is now private. Here is the video from the show site.
If you can’t watch the preview, and I don’t blame you, a disheveled Duvall tells McGraw that she doesn’t believe Robin Williams is dead, that the Sheriff of Nottingham is threatening her and that there is a “whirring disc” in her body.
Dr. Phil is in fact not a licensed counselor anymore. He stopped practicing years ago. Previously, he visited Britney Spears in the hospital circa her psychiatric hold in 2007 and attempted to air an episode about her condition after making a statement to Entertainment Tonight without any permission from her family. He is generally a piece of shit.
Fuck. You. Dr. Phil.