Female viewers reacted strongly to Corey's appearance on the show.
Phyllis says, "Lord have mercy, Dr. Phil. Studly man Corey needs to wake up and smell the firehouse coffee."
Char says, "When Corey said he liked younger women because they have no baggage, I just about threw up. I think he likes them because they are naïve."
Susan says, "Corey is a horrible, clearly immature man preying on younger impressionable girls he can control and manipulate. What an absolute pig!"
"I love my job. I'm very proud of what I do and the people that I work with. We're faced with all kinds of challenges. We do our job without prejudice. We don't ask for resumes, we don't ask for character references. I've been involved in many incidents that I'm very proud of. The resuscitation of a 2-year-old baby: seeing that baby go from lifeless to getting a heartbeat back and breathing again, and now it's a healthy young kid, I mean, that's a pretty proud moment, not just for me, but for everybody who was involved. Very often, it's about risking your life. It's all about a team effort. It's a great job. I'm lucky to have it," he says.
"Well, she didn't come across as particularly mature and in control, right?" Dr. Phil asks, reminding him that Ashley broke into his house in the middle of the night to confront him. "That does sound kind of high school-ish, doesn't it?"
"Perhaps, but I mean there's a lot of adults that I'm sure you've come across and I've come across and this audience knows that have done similar crazy stuff," says Corey.
"And she came here because she wanted revenge against you, and you came so she could get it," Dr. Phil points out.
"I thought what I was doing was the honorable thing," Corey says. "I admitted to her that not telling her about the other girls that I was dating was wrong and we all make mistakes in our romantic lives."
Although some female viewers think Corey dates younger women in order to manipulate them, he says, "My dating history includes an 11-year relationship with my high school sweetheart. She's my age, and after that, I was in a relationship for six years with a 32-year-old woman. This is the first 18-year-old girl I've dated, and she approached me."
"But you know people are going to have opinions, right?" Dr. Phil asks. "They see you walk in somewhere with an 18-year-old on your arm, somebody's going to say, â€˜Oh, look at this.' It would be the same if you were 60 with a 30-year-old. Everybody's got an opinion. Hell, you should read what they write about me every day!"
"I just want people to know that my dating life doesn't have anything to do with my professional life," Corey explains. "I really think people should know that what I do professionally, I take very seriously, and the people that I work with take it very seriously. And beyond that, I think just about anybody in whatever they do, reserves the right to keep that separate from their personal life, and not to be judged by the choices they make personally, rather they should be by the merits of the work that they do."
"For sure," Dr. Phil agrees.