Syndicated television host Phil McGraw sat down with Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly recently to share his take on “a generation … raised with a great degree of entitlement.”
During a segment of The Kelly File that aired Thursday night, McGraw used an example from his own show to depict what he sees as a widespread issue.
He introduced the Dr. Phil guest as “a kid that says, ‘I want to be a rock star’ — I say kid, he’s 40 years old now.”
In pursuing his goal, McGraw revealed that the man, identified only as Chris, “bled his family, his mother and father, for $1.7 million trying to be a rock star.”
Chris would not accept any job short of his ideal, McGraw added, and at the time of his appearance on the show was “living on a twin bed in his mother’s house.”
Kelly chimed in that the clip should serve as a reminder for women in the dating scene.
“Ladies, take note,” she said, ” … if he wants to go back to your place, there’s a reason. Take it from Dr. Phil.”
She then asked her guest for his “bottom line” response to the issue of entitlement in American culture.
McGraw asserted that this is the “greatest country in the world,” though “sometimes we forget common sense.”
One lesson often learned too late, he lamented, is that “you just don’t reward bad behavior.”
Citing the propensity of some in today’s society to excuse and compensate for laziness, McGraw ended the exchange with a harsh wake-up call that obviously resonated with the host.
“When people don’t work and produce, then they need to get kicked to the curb. Get a d–n job. Carry your own weight. It’s just that simple,” he declared.
“Amen, Dr. Phil,” Kelly added.