Good for you, Montel. But this lesson should extend further.
Former talk show host Montel Williams has issued an apology to Amanda Berry for a psychic prediction on his show that turned out to be wrong.
Sylvia Browne appeared on The Montel Williams show in 2004 with Berry’s mother, Louwana. She told her that Amanda was dead. Louwana died before Amanda was rescued.
A transcript of the original show is here.
A backlash against Browne erupted when Berry was found in 2013. Sylvia had made MANY craptastic “predictions” before. Her career and health was on the decline at that time. She died later that year.
Berry said she saw the show while in captivity and was upset by it.
While Williams issued the public apology, it’s not clear if a lesson was learned here about psychics who are correct only by chance odds. There remain several TV shows that glorify these people that need to go. Some people claim psychics are personally helpful to them but when they screw up this badly, they do terrible harm.
Tip: Ben Radford @BTRadford on Twitter