HOLLYWOOD, Calif., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- When Dr. Phil McGraw
appeared this past Tuesday on LARRY KING LIVE to weigh in on the
psychological aspects of the Alec Baldwin-Kim Basinger marital dispute,
following the leak of a voice mail tirade Baldwin had left for his
11-year-old daughter, McGraw told King that he would be willing to sit down
with the couple and their daughter Ireland "to resolve this situation." But
Dr. Phil added: "Not in front of cameras, not on my show, our show or
anybody else's show, but behind closed doors."
Apparently Alec Baldwin was one of the million viewers who watched and
heard what McGraw offered, because this morning, he phoned Dr. Phil for a
far-reaching, intense conversation about how he feels about his privacy
being violated, how he feels about his daughter, and how he intends to
correct course in the volatile proceedings that have been ongoing for 5
years between Baldwin and his ex-wife, Oscar winning actress Kim Basinger
-- catching their young daughter Ireland squarely in the middle.
McGraw, who also reached out privately to Ms. Basinger, revealed today
to ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT co-anchor Mark Steines that the actor called him
on his cell in response to Dr. Phil's offer to talk him, his wife and
daughter through this: "I had a private conversation with Alec. He was
watching when I addressed these issues on LARRY KING LIVE and was heartened
by the offer because his number-one priority is to create peace and
tranquility in his daughter's life. The offer to get that done from
somebody who gets it, meant a lot to him. Some things we talked about in
confidence, but some things he has allowed me to share."
According to Dr. Phil, Baldwin insisted that "without reservation he
recognized the inappropriate nature of his comments to his daughter, and
using her as the misguided target for his frustrations. One of his fears is
that people, including the court, would have the misconception that this
characterizes his persona as a father. It was out-of-character for him to
do what he did."
But Baldwin wanted to make one thing perfectly clear to Dr. Phil, which
he permitted him to share. "He told me he is completely and totally
committed to continuing his fight to have access to a full and healthy
ongoing relationship with his daughter." McGraw says Baldwin told him he
was not trying to fix a broken relationship with his daughter because he
doesn't have a broken relationship.
Baldwin also revealed that while he would like the freedom to focus on
his daughter, that his starring role in NBC's comedy "30 Rock" is
inconsistent with that desire, but he did tell Dr. Phil that he intended to
honor his contract.
McGraw hastens to add that "there is a lot more to this story than
meets the eye, but in confidence, I cannot share these things." But McGraw
did say that Baldwin vowed to him that he "was undaunted [by the release of
the voice mail] and he was going to fight this till his last breath."
SOURCE Dr. Phil