March 23, 2010 11:41 ET

Kelly Osbourne Debuts as Special Contributor on Wednesday's "DR. PHIL"

Multi-Dimensional Television Personality Lends Her Unique Style and Insight to the Conversation

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - March 23, 2010) -  DR. PHIL welcomes a new addition to his long-running show this week as Kelly Osbourne appears as a special contributor. 

In the first of multiple appearances scheduled throughout the remainder of this season and into next, Osborne joins a panel alongside Dr. Harold C. Urschel III, founder of the Urschel Recovery Science Institute, THE INSIDER correspondent Chris Jacobs, and California Attorney General Jerry Brown in a frank discussion about prescription drug use in Hollywood, and its effects on today's teens, this Wednesday, March 24, 2010 (check local listings).

Osbourne was first introduced to television viewers worldwide some 10 years ago in the Emmy Award-winning series The Osbournes. Over the past decade she has overcome many challenges in her personal life while managing to carve out a successful career in television, film, musical theater and fashion, and most recently finishing in third place of 16 couples on Dancing With The Stars

This multi-faceted woman is a columnist for Britain's biggest-selling newspaper, The Sun, as well as an avid campaigner for teenagers' rights. While only 25 years old, Osbourne brings many years of life experiences to the popular daytime talk show where she hopes to reach out to younger viewers and offer insight based upon her own life lessons. 

"Kelly is an excellent addition to our show because she's experienced a lot of what many of our younger viewers may be going through," said Dr. Phil. "She has dealt with drug addiction as well as addictions within her family. She's also fought the battle with obesity, and the public scrutiny that often accompanies it. She is well-armed and up to the task of being our special contributor." 

"We're excited about having Kelly as part of the DR. PHIL team," said executive producer Carla Pennington. "We see her role not limited to that of just a studio guest, but someone who we can send out in the field to gather information and to do interviews, particularly with young people, on a more comfortable and even playing field." 

"I am excited to be a part of DR. PHIL as a contributor for the show," said Osborne. "It offers a great opportunity for me to bring a youthful perspective and opinion on the issues that affect our selves, our families and society as a whole, and I'm very honored to be a part of it." Osborne continues, "I really hope I can use my life experiences to do some good."

About The DR. PHIL Show
The syndicated series, DR. PHIL, was created by Harpo Productions, and is produced by Peteski Productions in association with CBS Television Distribution. It is broadcast on over 214 stations representing 100% of the country. Since its debut in September 2002, the series has been ranked second among all daytime talk shows and consistently ranks among the Top Ten of all syndicated strips (Source: NSS Ranking Report).

MUST MENTION TUNE IN TO "DR. PHIL" on March 24, 2010.