“Dr. Phil McGraw has landed an exclusive interview with George and Cindy Anthony for the Sept. 12 season premiere of “Dr. Phil.”
The show stressed that parents of Casey Anthony “sought no compensation for their interview, asking only that a donation be made to a charitable organization currently being formed to honor their granddaughter.”
Their granddaughter, Caylee, died in 2008. Her mother, Casey, was acquitted last month of first-degree murder in the child’s death. George and Cindy Anthony are establishing Caylee’s Fund.
In a release, the show added: “The couple will derive no income from Caylee’s Fund, which will be a federally sanctioned 501 (c) (3) intending to focus on promoting processes to educate the public about — and advocate for — grandparents’ rights, as well as missing and abused children by maximizing the use of public interactivity to increase efficiency and knowledge.”
McGraw said in a statement that “Cindy and George have suffered a horrific loss with the untimely death of their granddaughter, Caylee, and they have since endured an unprecedented public attack on their family. Have these attacks been warranted, or not? I looked them straight in the eye and asked some very tough questions. Despite living under a ‘media microscope’ for years, THEIR story has never really been told and there’s so much more to it than we’ve heard in the media. Throughout this extensive interview, we explore every detail of their ordeal, and they answer every question I know will be on our viewers’ minds. Nothing is off limits during this interview.”
Asked about the Anthony show, a “Dr. Phil” spokeswoman responded by email that she was “not able to comment beyond the release, at this point.”
In the same release, Cindy Anthony said, “We knew that we’d want to speak at some point, and we figured there was no better place than with Dr. Phil. We are hoping that by doing this interview, we will be able to help other people who may be experiencing struggles of their own. We certainly don’t want anyone to experience what we have these last three years.”
And George Anthony added: “We appreciate the way in which Dr. Phil has helped others, and we trust him enough to completely open our hearts in telling our story. He is a professional that understands the uniqueness of our family situation. There’s no one better to do this interview than Dr. Phil. We knew he would ask the difficult questions, and we were right.”
We’ll see whether he asked the hard questions or not.