Dr. Phil by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage.com, Britney Spears by Michael Caulfield/ WireImage.com Dr. Phil by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage.com, Britney Spears by Michael Caulfield/ WireImage.com

Britney Spears on Sunday marked what would have been the conclusion of her 72-hour hospital lockdown - that is, had she not checked out early Saturday - by swigging bubbly and snuggling with paparazzo pal Adnan Ghalib, People reports.

What, is Dr. Phil not a good drinking buddy? Actually, reports of how the TV shrink counseled Britney at Cedars-Sinai and then "escorted" her from the hospital have since been scrutinized, with some accounts saying the doc was not welcome at all by Spears, who allegedly threw a fit upon his intrusion into her space. As for talk that Spears herself will visit Dr. Phil for an episode taping today and airing Tuesday, TMZ hears "she absolutely will not appear" - though mom and dad Lynne and Jamie are set to speak out about their daughter's downward spiral.

In response to the attacks on his seemingly unsolicited involvement, Dr. Phil told Monday's The Early Show that he showed up at Cedars "at the request of her family," including both parents and her sister and brother. "They were very frustrated that she apparently wasn't going to be held for a longer period of time."

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