According to TMZ.com, which was critical of Dr. Phil's visit with Spears in a Los Angeles hospital over the weekend, Dr Phil has issued a statement about what he had planned for the broadcast.
"As was widely reported this weekend, at the request of concerned family members, I visited Britney Spears in the hospital," McGraw said on his Web site Monday. "The details of that visit will, of course, remain private. We had planned to tape a Dr. Phil Now show today, focusing not on the tabloid side of Britney's latest problems, but instead on the very serious issues surrounding this case."
McGraw added that the Spears situation "is too intense at this time" to move forward with the show, and "out of consideration to the family, I have made the decision not to move forward with the taping at this particular time. Britney and her family are in our prayers, and we ask that they be in yours.”
Earlier Monday, TMZ slammed McGraw for visiting Spears without her consent.
"Britney didn't ask for it, Britney didn't know about it," TMZ.com managing editor Harvey Levin said.
Levin also said that Spears walked out when Dr. Phil walked in.