Williams regrets ‘psychic’ Browne’s erroneous prediction on his show

Good for you, Montel. But this lesson should extend further.

Montel Williams apologizes to Amanda Berry for psychic’s incorrect prediction | fox8.com.

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.

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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

  8 comments for “Williams regrets ‘psychic’ Browne’s erroneous prediction on his show

  1. Kevin
    April 30, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    Telling anybody a family member is dead is a delicate thing – doing so based on a hunch (i.e. because your psychic powers say so) is not just a guess, but can be profoundly painful and traumatic to the family members. Montel should have apologized at the time, not only after Browne was shown wrong. Whether or not her guess had turned out to be true, it was still just a guess, and ethically and morally bankrupt to do, let alone to do for the sake of ratings.

  2. Dale
    April 30, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    How horrible for Amanda Berry for having to watch Ms. Brown telling Amanda’s mother. that Amanda was dead. The poor woman must have died with a broken heart. Shame on her!!!

  3. Peter Robinson
    April 30, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Damn shame he has not apologised for having Browne on his show full stop!

  4. MikeXeno
    April 30, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    Montel Williams cannot escape the responsibility he holds for having given one such as Sylvia Browne an audience, and for his lack of honesty in how she was presented on the show (he has acknowledged that he doesn’t believe her predictions are true psychic power, and claims that she is “entertaining.”)

    This open letter to Montel Williams says it better than I ever could. I’m not military, but I can tell how seriously the author of the letter takes the accusation he levels against Montel: http://www.stopsylvia.com/articles/openlettertomontel.shtml

  5. Robert
    April 30, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Montel had Sylvia on his show for the ratings. Money talks!

  6. Adam
    May 1, 2015 at 8:03 AM

    Apologizing 11 years too late. Really classy. Of course if he or his TV show producers had any scruples they would have never allowed Browne or any other charlatan on the show in the first place, let alone to pronounce a missing kid was dead.

    Browne was a despicable con artist who profited from people’s pain and suffering. She should never have enjoyed free publicity from one TV show after another.

  7. ApexDisorder
    May 1, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    I remember when I found out that Sylvia Browne had died.
    I had a smile on all day.

  8. May 1, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    And we got shit here at DN for speaking ill of the dead. You won’t see those comments though. Death doesn’t make your bad deeds disappear.

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