It was an unedifying spectacle, even for daytime TV, and even though we knew it was coming:
Bobbi Kristina Brown's drunk, drugged and near hysterical boyfriend, Nick Gordon, was subjected Wednesday to an on-camera Dr. Phil intervention aimed at forcing him into rehab.
It worked — Gordon did go to a rehab program immediately after the show taped, Dr. Phil McGraw said — but it wasn't pretty.
Gordon sobbed, shouted and stormed. He stood up and walked out multiple times. He slurred his words, he said he'd been drinking and drugging, he said he needed to go to rehab, he said he would never go to rehab.
"He's out of control, he's screaming he wants to die, if he's left to his own devices, he'll be dead within a week," McGraw says ominously at one point, as taped footage rolled of Gordon, moaning and incoherent, falling off a bed.
Gordon had last week vowed to kill himself in a tweet, which alarmed his mother and Dr. Phil.
By the time he was face-to-face with McGraw, Gordon was a blubbering mess. But high as he seemed, he showed flashes of coherence:
"Get to the point quick," he snaps at McGraw, the celebrity psychologist who's made these kind of televised interventions a regular feature of his show, Dr. Phil.
When McGraw tells Gordon to "man up," Gordon responded immediately. "I've been so strong for so many people for so long, so please don't tell me to man up," he says.
Gordon also seemed aware that he was melting down before millions of viewers who might not be sympathetic.
"Don't put this on TV," he pleaded. "I'm going to seem so weak in front of the world," he cried, clinging to his mother, Michelle Gordon, sitting beside him on an Atlanta hotel room couch across from Dr. Phil. "I can't believe I'm crying in front of the world."
Crying was the least of it. Mostly, he kept repeating how much he missed Krissy, as he calls Bobbi Kristina, and her mother, Whitney Houston, "the most legendary singer ever," as he called her. He can't bear to "lose" Krissy, he kept saying.
Bobbi Kristina, 22, is comatose in an Atlanta hospital after being found unresponsive in a bathtub at the townhouse the two shared in Roswell, Ga., on Jan. 31. It was nearly three years after Houston, who helped raise Gordon, was found dead in a bathtub in a Beverly Hills hotel.
Now Gordon is the focus of a Georgia police investigation about what happened to Bobbi Kristina, and he's barred from seeing her in the hospital by her father, Bobby Brown. "I hate Bobby Brown," Gordon declared during the hour-long show.
The Gordon episode of Dr. Phil's show had been teased for days, and it turned out to be as pathetic as advertised.
"My pain is horrible, my heart hurts, I have panic attacks," he said. "I'm done, I'm done, I don't care about the rehab, I don't care about anything."
At another point, he seems to be trying to refute the accusations, made by some in the Brown family, that he did something to Bobbi Kristina and could be charged with a crime.
"Mom, I would never hurt anybody, I love people, I love babies, I love everything," he cried.
His mother tells Dr. Phil that her son has fallen apart in the wake of Bobbi Kristina's tragedy because he tried and failed to revive her when she was found, and because he tried and failed to revive Houston three years ago. (The Houston family disputes this.)
"I don't care what anyone says, my son would never hurt anyone," she told Dr. Phil, who had enlisted her to help convince Gordon he needed to go immediately to rehab.
McGraw concluded by wishing Gordon luck in rehab, promising that he would be back to talk to Gordon again.
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