Dr. Phil and Survivor winner Todd Herzog
Survivor: China winner Todd Herzog, unable to walk, slurs his words as he admits to drinking an entire bottle of vodka. The footage, which will air on Dr. Phil next week in a show about Herzog’s difficult battle with alcoholism, shocked Survivor fans across the web.
Several of Herzog’s closest friends and relatives have spoken about his struggle – not for publicity, they say, but to raise awareness of the complicated issue of alcoholism. “We have received so many messages from people who are battling the same issues as he is,” says his mother, Shirley Herzog Keeler. “And Todd said that if his story can help one person get the help they need, he’s ready to go public with it.”
“I have been very protective of him,” says his close friend Courtney Yates, who placed second to him on Survivor in 2007. “But for better or worse, this is public now. He’s accountable to everyone. I think it’s important for Todd to know how much people want to see him get better. I hope he can inspire other people who are struggling.”
I hope Dr. Phil can help him!