Out of the Dog House: Corey

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Corey faced his vengeful ex-girlfriend, Ashley, when he came on the show. She wanted everyone to know that he was a liar and a cheater. She believed they were in an exclusive relationship when she found out he was seeing other women. 

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!"

Corey, a firefighter, was unprepared for the backlash he received in his hometown, and says his dating life has nothing to do with his professional life. He explains, "When I came back from that show, and the media got a hold of it, radio and print, I was called a ‘sewer rat.' It was suggested that I'm not worthy of wearing the badge of honor, I'm not worthy to I have the job that I do, it was hoped that I make a better firefighter than I do a human being. In the paper, I was basically labeled as somebody who would do just about anything for 15 minutes of fame. They don't know me personally, they don't know the kind of work I do. I'm absolutely not that guy.

"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.

Corey tells Dr. Phil, "First of all, I wanted to say that Ashley was 18 when we got involved in a relationship. I mean, she approached me when she was 17, but there was no relationship, there was nothing going on between us until she was 18. In this country, in my country, 18-year-old men and women are sent off to war, they sign legal documents, they get married, they can own a firearm, and they can consent to have sex with whomever they choose. And although people may have opinions about whether or not they think what I did was right, there was certainly nothing criminal about it, and the point is, I don't think enough credit was given to Ashley to be able to make a decision about who she wants to date and being old enough to make those choices for herself. If she's emotionally too immature to date somebody older, how can she be capable of doing all of those other things that I mentioned as an adult?"

"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.

"Ashley I don't think was fairly, you know, represented here," Corey says. "I mean, the reason that I dated her is because she's a beautiful girl with a lot going for her. She's very smart. She's got a good heart. She's independent. She's educated. I mean, there are a lot of good things about her that go beyond the small little glimpse into her life that was brought forward on the show. And she is actually quite mature for her age in spite of breaking into my house."

"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, ‘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!"

"So what do you want people to know about you that they don't know about you?" Dr. Phil asks.

"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.