The Dr. Phil Show has generated controversy and left its audience gasping since the first episode. With explosive guests discussing the most sensitive topics, it's no surprise that there have been more than a few unforgettable guests.
The show has hosted out of control kids, delusional adults and even a few murderers. Dr. Phil doesn't finch from any subject and calmly delves into each guest's story. As the unbelievable details spill out, the people involved are etched into the audience's memory. Here are 10 of the most memorable guests.
10 Tanya Ramirez
This guest's level of cringe seems to know no bounds. Tanya was a teacher and coach in Corpus Christi, Texas before she ended her own career in the creepiest way possible.
At the age of 29, Tanya gave her cell phone number to one of her 17-year old students. That already seems like a bad judgment call. She texted the minor regularly for weeks before she began flirting with him. That's when she set up a date with her student. She invited him to her home at 3 am. The two had an inappropriate relationship and things got physical.
Little did she know the young man had recorded video evidence of the encounter and sent it to classmates. Viewers were shocked not only by this eductor's actions but her defense of them as well.
9 Danielle Bregoli
It's hard to think of Dr. Phil without Danielle and her signature "cash me outside" catchphrase popping into your mind.
Danielle's mom told Dr. Phil that her daughter was completely out of control and she didn't know what else to do. Danielle smiled as she bragged about stealing her mom's credit cards and car. She had no remorse for the anguish she was causing her family. She also threatened to fight both Dr. Phil and the audience, although no one was impressed with her tough front.
As Dr. Phil revealed, Danielle actually carried a lot of fear and pain in her heart. Her parents divorced and her mother survived cancer twice. Danielle slept in her mother's bed most nights. It seemed her bad girl act was simply a defense mechanism against the pain of almost losing her mom.
Danielle was catapulted to fame when videos of her bratty behavior went viral. She now performs under the stage name Bhad Bhabie. She owes some of her success to her shocking interview on the show.
8 Karla Perry
Karla's story is particularly tragic. After a separation from her husband, Karla fell victim to a horrible online scam. Through social media, Karla began communicating with a person claiming to be Tyler Perry. Karla faithfully believed that this person was the filmmaker and playwright, although her children immediately saw red flags.
Tyler Perry is a wealthy professional but yet Karla received texts in broken English requesting money. When she appeared on The Dr. Phil Show Karla would not see the facts.
In a further twist, Dr. Phil happens to be close friends with Tyler Perry. He confirmed to Karla and her concerned daughters that this relationship was in no way real. Despite this Karla maintained her story through to the end of her interview. It was one of the strangest talk show interviews ever aired.
7 Peyton & David
Brave Peyton appeared on The Dr. Phil Show to try to make peace with her father, David. David is a member of the Klu Klux Klan. His daughter looks back on her childhood and recalls praise of Hitler, white supremacist rants and even burning crosses.
David was imprisoned after planning to bomb an abortion clinic. After his release, he found that his daughter Peyton had given birth to her first child. A loving father would be overjoyed to meet his grandson but David refuses to acknowledge his grandchild is even human.
According to David, his biracial grandson can't be his family. He disowned his lovely daughter Peyton leaving her feeling abandoned. David was so hateful and shocking that he certainly won't be forgotten anytime soon.
6 Little McKenzie
Little girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice right? Well, it turns out that not every little girl is the paragon of sweetness society expects. Many children suffer from difficult behavioral problems and even mental health conditions. Little McKenzie seems to be suffering and her behavior is impacting her family.
During her interview with Dr. Phil, McKenzie's mother describes horrific behavior at home. McKenzie had thrown scissors at her teacher, attacked her bus monitor and called her mother some rough names. She also attacked family pets and had been aggressive to her infant brother. McKenzie had been given several different diagnoses but her mother was still struggling to control her dangerous behavior.
This guest shocked the audience and Dr. Phil alike with her outrageous lies and delusion. Patricia told her friends and family that she was dying from stage 3 brain cancer and that's not the only lie she told about her health. She also claims to have lost 100 pounds in one week. Patricia says she's had more than a dozen strokes and she even took money from fundraising events for her alleged medical expenses.
There is no evidence at all that Patricia was ever sick. Dr. Phil painstakingly reviewed her medical records with her to prove she wasn't dying. Even that couldn't convince Patricia that she wasn't terminally ill.
All talk shows seek ratings through sensational guests. 12-year-old Aneska was as adorable as she was frightening. She had displayed so much violent and disturbing behavior that her siblings and parents no longer felt safe around her.
On the show, Aneska herself appeared calm as Dr.Phil discussed her life with her. Her expression barely changed as she described finding a nest full of baby birds and crushing each one to death. That wasn't the first time little Aneska had killed an animal in cold blood either. She also beat the family hamster to death with a heavy metal flashlight.
3 Burke Ramsey
Burke Ramsey's famous interview with Dr. Phil stirred up quite the controversy. The older brother of late child pageant star Jon Bennet came to Dr. Phil to finally share his side of the story. Burke was the only member of his family to have never addressed his sister's murder to the public. On the 20th anniversary of her death, he felt it was finally time to come forward and clear up some misconceptions surrounding the killing and investigation.
Many questioned Burke's behavior during the interview. He awkwardly smiled while he described the events surrounding his sister's death. Many found this strange and speculated as to why he would act that way. Dr.Phil addressed this to the audience. His analysis of the situation was that Burke was simply nervous.
2 Mama June
Mama June is unforgettable no matter what the context and her appearance on Dr. Phil is no exception. The reality star mom came on the show to address several scandals surrounding her family.
Mama June was accused of welcoming a man back into her life after he was convicted and imprisoned for sexually assaulting her daughter Anna. Allegations were made that June had allowed her youngest daughter Alana also known as "Honey Boo Boo" to sleep in bed with the sexual predator during a trip to North Carolina. If that weren't awful enough, Mama June took her betrayal of Anna to another level as she allegedly drained her trust fund too.
1 Zachary Davis
Zachary Davis may have been Dr. Phil's most disturbing guest to date. When he was only 15 years old, Zachary bludgeoned his mother to death with a sledgehammer.
The young man's mental health was obviously unwell during his interview on the show. He recounted his actions during the grizzly murder of his mother as if he were describing folding laundry. The interview disturbed viewers and gave them a rare glimpse into the personality of a cold-blooded killer. Zachary spoke to Dr. Phil in a flat monotone whisper. It was obvious to Dr. Phil that Zachary exhibited symptoms of mental illness.