Dr. Phil Sues Deadspin

Dr. Phil is pissed off at the website Deadspin and is suing them for killing his cliffhanger.

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Dr. Phil landed an interview with the guy who hoaxed football paler Manti Te'o.

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo is the guy who created a fictional girlfriend for Te'o. 

Dr. Phil's interview was a 2 parter.  The cliffhanger in part 1 was that Ronaiah would "do the voice" of the phantom girlfriend during part 2.  

According to the suit filed by Dr. Phil's company -- Peteski Productions -- immediately after part 2 aired in a few TV markets ... Deadspin posted footage of Ronaiah doing the voice without permission.  Phil believes it was thievery, because the show hadn't aired in 98% of the country.  

Phil claims ratings significantly suffered as a result of Deadspin's actions.

So Phil is suing Gawker Media, which owns Deadspin, for unspecified damages.

H/T TMZ