Dr. Phil Sues Deadspin for Allegedly Stealing Ronaiah Tuiasosopo Interview

Exclusive 0506_drphil_interview_articleThe “Dr. Phil” show is royally pissed off at a media outlet that allegedly stole its thunder by publishing footage of his exclusive interview with the dude who hoaxed Manti Te”o BEFORE it aired on Phil”s own show … in fact Phil”s so pissed off he”s suing.

You may recall … Phil landed an exclusive interview with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo — the guy who created a fictional GF for Manti.  Phil”s interview was a 2 parter.  The cliffhanger in part 1 was that Ronaiah would “do the voice” of the phantom girlfriend during part 2. 

According to the suit filed by Dr. Phil”s company — Peteski Productions — immediately after part 2 aired in a few TV markets … Deadspin posted footage of Ronaiah doing the voice without permission.  Phil believes it was thievery, because the show hadn”t aired in 98% of the country. 

Phil claims ratings significantly suffered as a result of Deadspin”s actions.

So Phil is suing Gawker Media, which owns Deadspin, for unspecified damages.