Chris Brown and Rihanna have dominated headlines for weeks. Now, two of TV's heavyweights will step back from the details of the pop stars' story to focus on the bigger picture: domestic violence.
On Thursday, Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Phil are dedicating their shows to domestic abuse and what stars and non-stars alike have to say about it. Tyra Banks will be joining Winfrey to discuss why the topic is "personal" to her, while teens from around the country will sound off on the subject.
Brown was charged with two felonies after accusations that he attacked girlfriend Rihanna, with whom he's reportedly reconciled. Winfrey and Dr. Phil are framing his case as a "teachable moment" for young men, women and their parents.
Winfrey has already been outspoken about Brown and Rihanna, addressing them during her March 6 show. "Chris Brown and Rihanna, if I was your friend, I would call you up and I would say, 'Give it some time, get yourself some counseling, take care of yourself,'" she said. "Heal yourself first."
"And also, love doesn't hurt," Winfrey added. "I've been saying this to women for years: If a man hits you once, he will hit you again. He will hit you again."
When Dr. Phil tackles the issue Thursday, he'll examine it from the perspective of a couple struggling with physical abuse in their relationship, as well as from the host's own experience with Chris Brown. He'll also question whether Brown is "getting the celebrity treatment."
Like Oprah, Dr. Phil has been addressing the stars' case in recent weeks. He told The View that victims of dating violence need to "get away and protect yourself. People get killed all the time by accident." On Wednesday, music producer Polow da Don (né Polow-Freache Jamal Fincher Jones) — who is currently working with Brown and Rihanna — was rumored to be appearing on Dr. Phil's show.
"My heart goes out to both Chris Brown and Rihanna regarding what happened in the past," Polow said in statement to L.A. Times Wednesday. "I enjoyed working with both of them. I think they are both great musical artists."
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