Dr. Phil McGraw drew outrage after a post from his Twitter account asking if it is OK to have sex with a drunk girl.
The tweet was deleted shortly thereafter, but the backlash did not go away.
A representative of McGraw's TV show said in a statement that the tweet was simply to start discussion for an upcoming episode.
"This Tweet was intended to evoke discussion leading into a very serious show topic based upon a recent news story, hence the #teenaccused label," the statement read. "This was a research post in preparation for a show, not a personal post, and Dr. Phil deleted it the second he saw it. It was clearly ill-advised. We sincerely apologize that it suggested anything other than what was intended, data gathering."
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