"I can remember six years ago like it was yesterday," says Robin. "We were si
tting in the backyard of our home in Dallas, Texas, and [Dr. Phil] just looked at me and said, â€˜What do you think?' And I said, â€˜I think we should go,' and he said, â€˜I think you're right.'"
Jay remembers he was attending college in Austin, Texas, when his parents moved to Los Angeles. "My dad called me, and he said, â€˜I think that I'm going to do my own show. What do you think about it?' He really wanted all of us in the family to say, â€˜We want to do this to
o,'" he shares.
"When my dad told me he was doing the show, I was pretty excited," recalls Jordan, who didn't even have a driver's license when he moved to California. He is now a junior in college. "It's turned out to be a really cool experience."
Jay's wife, Erica, has also become part of the show environment. "It's great. It's a support system that obviously is working," she says.
"I never had any idea that I would be in front of a camera. I never had any idea that us walking off from the show every day would be part of the show," Robin says. On the verge of te
ars, she continues, "I sat there, and probably halfway through the show, I thought, this man is doing what he's supposed to be doing."
"My dad is my dad. I think that's part of what's so popular about him is that it's just what you see is what you get," says Jordan. He says his father still questions him like a dad before he leaves the house. Imitating his father, he gives examples. "Where are you going? Who are you going to be with? When are you coming back? Where is it? Call me when you get there," he repeats. "It's annoying, but at least I know they care."
Robin says Dr. Phil really knocked her socks off during one show. "I'm hard to surprise because I'm so nosey. I have to know everything that's going on around me all the time. Maybe I'm a bit of a controller. I'm not sure. We'll ask Dr. Phil that," she jokes. "I have never been so shocked in all of my life, when that man tricked me and surprised me with [a performance by] Brooks and Dunn."
Jay points out that the Dr. Phil
show has become a family venture. "My mom's here every day. Erica's on the show quite a bit. I've done a lot of episodes. My brother is here. We're all in the show open. This is our lives," he says proudly.
"Phil, congratulations on 1,000 shows," Erica says.
"From the first show until now, 1,000 later, what an amazing accomplishment," says Jay, as he
congratulates his father.
"Dad, I'm really proud of you," Jordan says.
"Philip, you know I love you dearly, and I am so proud of you. Congratulations on your 1000th episode," says Robin.
Dr. Phil asks Jay and Jordan, "If you knew then what you know now, would you guys still have been as behind the decision to totally change our life and move out here?"
"Absolutely. Without hesitation," Jay says. "You can bring anybody to the show at anytime and know that when they sit down, and they watch you do what you do onstage every day that I'm going to be pro
ud of my dad, because you're up there doing great work, and we're all very, very proud of you."
"I think it's awesome," Jordan says. "I probably would have just moved to California without you, anyway."
Dr. Phil laughs.