STAT News and the Boston Globe teamed up for the explosive report, citing multiple people who claimed that alcoholics and drug addicts were given the same substances that fed the addictions they were struggling to conquer during their appearances on the talk show. To see a man so torn by addiction to alcohol, bearing his soul to a televised audience who (mostly) knew not of him as a person or as a Survivor victor, just felt damn exploitative.
After he won the $1 million prize at the age of 22, he dated a heavy drinker and his alcoholism spiraled. The statement said that Herzog was "medically supervised the entire time he was involved with tapings of Dr. Phil", including by an unnamed nurse-practitioner who flew with Herzog to Los Angeles, an unnamed nurse who monitored him at night, and a third unnamed medical professional. He tells STAT and the Boston Globe that he was not drunk when he arrived at the studio, but there was a bottle of vodka in his dressing room and he drank it all.
"In a statement, he denied Herzog was left alone with a bottle of vodka in his dressing room, or given Xanax", StatNews said.
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". With all that in his system, the former reality star had to be carried out on stage.
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You know, I get that it's a television show and that they want to show the pain that I'm in.
"What would have happened if I had died there?" "You know, that's horrifying".
When Survivor victor Todd Herzog appeared on Dr. Phil in 2013, he was reportedly so intoxicated that he slurred his words and needed help from two people just to make it to his seat. Another guest, who was pregnant, was reportedly filmed by Dr. Phil staff purchasing drugs on Los Angeles' infamous Skid Row.
"Addicts are notorious for lying, deflecting and trivializing". "The only change is they are one step closer to getting help, typically help they could not have even come close to affording". Herzog even claims he was so out of it that he had to be helped on stage and lifted into his seat. Herzog explains how he returned to the show a fourth time in order to take advantage of the free treatment being offered to him, and has since become sober. For getting me help in the nicest places in the country. "That's a gift right there", he said. On the other hand, if you drink an entire bottle of vodka in the green room of a TV show, maybe that shit is on you.