The 68-year-old TV personality spoke with ET’s Kevin Frazier about the new venture, and why he chose to take on the new platform amidst his other commitments. Noting that the nature of his show has him dealing with families and individuals in crisis on a regular basis, this new podcast will give Dr. Phil the chance to slow down and focus on topics and people that interest him.
"I don’t really get an opportunity to really talk to people, interview people that I find interesting,” he explains to ET. "The podcast has turned out to be a great form to do just that."
He’s already had the chance to speak with stars like Shaquille O’Neal and Jay Leno, but Dr. Phil has one dream guest in mind.
"There are people I want to talk to before they die,” he says. "I wanna talk to O.J. [Simpson] before he dies. I wanna know. I’ve worked very closely with the Goldman family. I respect them so much. I respect them so greatly. I wanna talk to him because he can’t lie to me.”
In 1995, Simpson was found not guilty in the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ron Goldman, though two years later, he was found liable for their deaths in a civil trial, and was ordered to pay over $33 million to the families of the victims.
Dr. Phil believes the former football star has plenty of reasons to talk with him about the trial and more.
"If he’s telling the truth, then going through the interrogation that I would give him, it would be obvious to everyone in America, to everyone in the world that he is innocent,” Dr. Phil insists. "And if he’s not, it would be obvious to everyone in the world that he’s not, and he should unburden before he goes to his grave.”
Dr. Phil’s dream interviews aren’t just surrounding dramatic court cases. He also admits to being a bit starstruck by Dolly Parton and wanting to interview her in the future.
"She is an incredibly wise woman. I think this is someone who has her feet so much on the ground and has achieved so much in her life,” he says of the country music icon. "I would be a little on my heels talking to her, but I’m going after her. I’m talking to her.”