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Dr. Phil talks 19th season, cults, Cleveland pride and advice for Browns fans with Mike Polk Jr.

Mike Polk Jr. catches up with the iconic TV host as he launches a new season amid pandemic protocols

CLEVELAND — Dr. Phil McGraw has been a staple on our TV screens for more than two decades, and he's returning to the WKYC lineup this week for the 19th season of his self-titled "Dr. Phil" show.

But this year, things are looking a little different behind the scenes, as we all continue to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic. The iconic TV host caught up with 3News' Mike Polk Jr. about the ways his team is staying safe, and he also gave Mike some important advice for any Clevelander with an inferiority complex.

"Listen, I've been to Cleveland," Dr. Phil said. "I get the feeling that there's a real camaraderie among people that live there. Behind the Cleveland Browns, for example, and I get the sense that everybody kind of closes ranks and takes some real pride. I like it in Cleveland."

Polk also asked Dr. Phil for his recommendations for Browns fans.

"I think you've got to hang in. Your time is coming. My Cowboys lost, so who am I to be giving advice on football?"

Dr. Phil said he and his team are excited to be back on set.

"Even though we have very stringent guidelines, Robin and I are tested every three days, everybody is wearing mask and gloves, etc."

Dr. Phil's show airs on WKYC weekdays at 3 p.m.

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