Phil Donahue

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Phil Donahue at the Toronto International Film Festival, 2012.

Phillip John "Phil" Donahue (born December 21, 1935) is an American media personality, writer, and film producer best known as the creator and host of The Phil Donahue Show. The television program, also known as Donahue, was the first talk show format that included audience participation. The show had a 29-year run on national television in America that began in Dayton, Ohio, and ended in New York City in 1996.


  • Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
    • Attributed to Phil Donahue in: Dennis Coon, ‎John Mitterer (2008), Psychology: Modules for Active Learning. p. 553

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