Though many who frequent this site may have read about the results of the investigation into “Doctor Phil McGraw” who was identified as a fabricated character scheme, he wasn’t the only talk show host named ‘Phil’ with a hidden identity.
Before the vivid persona of Oprah Winfrey became the predominant figure on the daytime television talk show circuit, there was another with whom Oprah credits the possibility for her meteoric success – “Phil Donahue”.
From the beginning of his television career, the popular television persona who became known to the American public as “Phil Donahue” carved out a rather sizable and dominant niche on what was up until then, during the era of the 1980’s, an almost barren daytime television landscape populated by mindless game shows and melodramatic soap operas.
Even after his emergence on the American television airwaves, the format of Donahue’s talk show contrasted sharply with that of his would-be competitors. Instead of founding a platform for inane discussions concerning crass popular culture or a shallow promotional showcase for Hollywood celebrities, “Phil Donahue” showed a penchant for tackling issues which appeared to be of social or political import. Issues which sometimes were considered controversial or even taboo by targeted audiences and network executives alike.
As shown in the video clip at the link posted below, in 1985, decades before the Covid-19 “pandemic”, “Phil Donahue” invited Doctor Robert S. Mendelsohn – who at the time was considered to be a most controversial figure among his colleagues in the medical profession – onto his show to discuss the clear and present dangers to the public’s health posed by vaccinations.
Though today, mainstream talk show hosts wouldn’t dare allow such contrarian views to be aired, at least in this regard, “Phil Donahue” proved to be well ahead of his time and his would-be competitors. But did this penchant for exploring controversial topics emanate from a deeply held conviction? Or was “Phil Donahue” merely playing out the role he was scripted to portray?
Upon further investigation, the latter turned out to be the case.
“Phil Donahue” was a fabricated character scheme. A carefully tailored image designed to titillate and entertain a particular targeted audience of daytime television consumers. After all, as any television executive knows, controversy is a marketable commodity, profitable to not only the network’s bottom line, but to the network’s advertisers. But there is much more to the story of “Phil Donahue” which won’t be found in “official biographies”.
Before becoming daytime television’s premiere talk show host, “Phil Donahue” played the role of a villain in one of American history’s most tragic narratives – the “assassination” of an American president. Not only that, but the Hollywood actor knighted by the British royal family who has been identified as his host actor (live-action role player) has been known by a slew of famous pseudonyms.