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The precursor to all the daytime talk shows that arose during the 1980's and 90's. Phil Donahue's show started off similar to other shows of its day, featuring celebrities and musical acts, but he soon started pushing the envelope by discussing health and social topics previously considered taboo. Eventually, the popularity of this approach proved to be his downfall, as he was soon competing with host such as Oprah Winfrey, Sally Jesse Raphael and Geraldo Rivera, who were willing to stoop to new depths in search of sensational topics. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Long before Oprah......there was Phil....
3 August 2000 | by (Chapel Hill,North Carolina) – See all my reviews

Before the reigns of TV talk shows were to become what they are today, there was one show in particular that broke the mold before even the days of Jerry Springer, Oprah Winfrey, and Geraldo Rivera for that manner, stumble into. Phil Donahue tackled tough issues before there time and his show was the center of these topics of morning discussion. While other shows back then,like Mike Douglas,Dinah Shore,and Merv Griffin were having guests and musical numbers and so forth,Donahue brought it out into the open and went head on with subjects that were strictly taboo for daytime television back then.

For instance, subjects like inter-racial marriages, homosexuality, bigotry, as well as political agendas, and even world affairs, as well as poverty and the overall point of drugs and drug addicts were some of the subjects his audience couldn't get enough of, and they wanted more (even in one episode show where the subject was cross-dressing and Phil came out in a woman's skirt!).

Donahue however, paved the way for the talk shows we have today, and for generations to come. Kudos to the father of daytime talk-Phil Donahue!!!!


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