Information on the cameo
Dr. Phillip Calvin "Phil" McGraw, M.D., better known simply as Dr. Phil, was born on September 1st, 1950, in Vinita, Oklahoma. He is an American television personality, author, psychologist, and talk show host.
Dr. Phil first gained celebrity status with his appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show in the late 1990s, after he helped Oprah Winfrey win a lawsuit. She was so impressed that she invited him to be a regular on her show. His no-nonsense approach to counseling troubled guests on Oprah parlayed into his own talk show program, Dr. Phil, in 2002. To this day, his program remains a staple of American midday talk lineups. Dr. Phil is also the co-writer for the legal drama Bull, based on his life as a jury analyst prior to fame.
While successful, Dr. Phil's approach to psychology has drawn some criticism; his methods and advice labeled simplistic and ineffective. He has countered this with stating he "never liked one-on-one counseling".
Appearance in the rap battle
Dr. Phil enters during Ellen DeGeneres' first verse. After DeGeneres' line, "I got the skill to make Doctor Phil say," he appears to tell his colleague, Oprah Winfrey, "I think you better just leave her alone."
- Dr. Phil was originally planned to be a rapper in the 30th episode of Epic Rap Battles of History against Sigmund Freud, but the idea was later scrapped and replaced with Nikola Tesla vs Thomas Edison. This battle was also planned at an undisclosed point in the first half of Season 4, but was once again scrapped.
- This makes him the first confirmed scrapped character to return as a cameo afterwards.
- He is the fourth speaking cameo to fill in a rhyme, after the Dalek, Jimmy Olsen, and Janine Melnitz.
- He is the second cameo to have two different people acting and speaking for them, after Jimmy Olsen.
- He is the fourth talk show host to appear, after Bill O'Reilly, Ellen DeGeneres, and Oprah Winfrey.