LOS ANGELES, Ca – Heath Ledger, known notably as the Academy Award nominated actor of Brokeback Mountain, is scheduled to appear on Dr. Phil, the talk show hosted by psychology-centric television personality Phil McGraw. Ledger recently died on the 22nd on January, possibly of a drug overdose. Foul play and suicide are not suspected.
McGraw reportedly called Ledger’s agent on Wednesday, one day after the actor’s death. Ledger’s agent agreed to have the actor on Dr. Phil sometime next week, after Ledger’s autopsy. Critics are calling the move desperate, saying that McGraw is simply trying to boost ratings. “Of course he’s just doing it for publicity,” said author Steve Salerno. “There’s no helping Ledger now; he’s just too far gone. Dr. Phil can do nothing for him, and he’s obviously only doing it to increase interest in his show.”
Salerno also added, “[McGraw] probably can’t help anybody, but that’s really beside the point.”
McGraw defended his actions, issuing a press release. “I’m going to do my best to help Mr. Ledger turn his life and death around,” the statement read. “Hopefully we can put a positive spin on this whole ordeal and really help him get back on track. Heath Ledger is clearly having some very difficult times right now. He needs help now more than ever, and I’m willing to give him the help he needs.”
Ledger’s family could not be reached for comment, but were reportedly expecting him to be back in Perth, Australia, around the time of the show. Ledger’s agent told reporters that his appearance on Dr. Phil “shouldn’t delay his return by too much.”
[Author’s note: This post is meant to poke fun at Dr. Phil, not the tragic and untimely death of Mr. Ledger. My sincerest apologies to anyone who finds this post offensive due to Heath Ledger being mentioned in such a manner. You’re probably still offended anyway.]