Sober House (2009– )
Season 16 competitor Andy Dick, 48, arrived at the finale with a guest and seemed to be acting erratically, reeking of smoke and exhibiting eyebrow-raising behavior. He was running in and out of the ballroom every five minutes, saying, "I have to pee!" Within the hour, he had lunged at a production staffer's breast.
One observer tells People that four security guards stepped in quickly and they "told him he had to go, and he said,
The country singer with the tumultuous personal life became the fifth cast member of his "Celebrity Rehab" series to die since appearing on the show and the third from Season 3. The previous deaths stirred up rumors of a curse and a debate about the show's helpfulness. McCready's apparent suicide upped the pitch of the reaction, however.
Singer Richard Marx on Twitter compared Pinsky to Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the so-called suicide doctor: "Same results."
Marx backed off later Monday, saying the crack went too far. But he restated his thoughts in a way that summed up much of the reaction in the first 24 hours since the 37-year-old McCready's death Sunday afternoon in Heber Springs, Ark.
"It is, however, my opinion that what Dr. D does is exploitation and his
In this video posted by Celebuzz, his boss Alki David (the CEO of FilmOn, the web-based network which airs Andy's program) candidly tells him, "Everybody knows you've been going through your trials and tribulations," before introducing Jim Antonowitsch, the founder of Oasis Treatment Center in Anaheim, California.
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"I told you the other day, if this continues, we can't carry on," David tells Andy bluntly, referring to the comedian's well-documented struggles with alcohol and drugs. "And if you decide to leave and not do that, I'm afraid that we can't carry on here together."
Andy does decide to go to rehab, and is visibly emotional hugging the cast and crew.
"I don't want
By Gil Kaufman
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VH1 "Celebrity Rehab" star and former Crazy Town singer Shifty Shellshock is reportedly in a coma in a Los Angeles hospital after his admission last week to the intensive care unit.
TMZ reported that Shellshock (born Seth Binzer), 37, entered the ICU last Thursday and is currently in an unresponsive state. At press time there was no information on what sent him to the hospital, but unnamed sources close to the singer speculated that it was drug-related.
The troubled singer was slated to appear in court his week for a pre-trial hearing stemming from a cocaine-related arrest in February. Last March he was arrested after police responded to a domestic violence call and officers realized he had outstanding warrants for an unrelated case.
Shellshock co-founded the rap-pop group Crazy Town in 1999 with pal Bret Mazur.
VH1 has no current plans for 2012 editions of its hit show Celebrity Rehab, or its spin-off Celebrity Rehab Presents Sober House, though both could return at some point.
Last year, the shows drew criticism following the death of two former cast members. Actor Jeff Conaway, who appeared in season 2 of the flagship program, died of complications from taking prescription medications. Season 3 participant, Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr, died after mixing Xanax and alcohol. The events prompted a surge of criticism about the show, where stars try
48-year-old Bret tweeted, "We'd like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Jani Lane regarding their loss. Respectfully, Bret and all at Megi." Meanwhile, 52-year-old Nikki posted, "I just heard the sad news about Janie Lane. So hard to swallow when people have kids. Rip." Sixx: Am lead singer James Michael also wrote, "R.I.P. Jani Lane."
Sharing similar sentiment was Chris. In his posting, the professional wrestler said, "Sad to hear about the passing of Jani Lane." He went on to remember the former lead singer of glam rock band Warrant by writing, "Jani was a good guy
On last night’s premiere, former Baywatch kid Jeremy Jackson explained how he started using a whole galaxy of steroids in order to get fit for a comeback.
When the new season of 'Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew' premieres on Sun., June 26 at 9Pm on VH1, expect to see lots of familiar reality TV faces.
Dr. Drew's new patients include tabloid mainstay Michael Lohan, Bai Ling and 'Baywatch' star Jeremy Jackson.
Besides the celebrity patients, Dr. Drew will be joined by returning counselor Bob Forrest and resident technician Shelly Spraguem, along with depression and bipolar disorder expert Dr. John R. Sharp, M.D. and 'Sober House' house manager Jennifer Gimenez as resident technician.
Meet the rest of the cast below.
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He was ordered into rehab in 2009 following a 2008 felony drug charge, and his battle to get clean was chronicled on "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" and its spin-off series Sober House.
But Steven Tyler has accused TV bosses of giving Adler cash to "act out his own messed-up state" while he was a patient at a California facility where the show was filmed.
In his new book, "Does The Noise In My Head Bother You", Tyler writes, "They wanted him to act out his own messed-up state when he entered rehab. It was ghoulish and unreal. They gave him 30 grand for the episode, he snorted it all, crashed his car, and he ended up in jail detox."
By Ryan J. Downey
Mike Starr in 1990
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The death of ex-Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr raised a number of questions for his fans, as the loss of anyone who publicly struggled with drugs or alcohol often does. Why wasn't his treatment, documented on VH1's "Celebrity Rehab" and "Sober House," a success? Why can't someone like Starr just stop using drugs?
"[The addiction] literally hijacks the person's brain and takes over," Robert J. Lindsey, president and CEO of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, told MTV News on Wednesday (March 9). "For somebody who has become physically and emotionally addicted, stopping and staying stopped is the hardest thing in the world to do.
"The first thing to understand about alcoholism
And despite kicking his drug habit after stints on the shows, Adler has agreed to go back into rehab to ensure he keeps up his recovery. On his Twitter.com page, Adler writes, "As you all may already know, I'm back here at 'Celebrity Rehab' again. Working on making sure I stay on the right track! I'm working with Dr. Drew and Bob Forrest and it's going great so far!"
Police reportedly found Starr's body in a Salt Lake City home after being called to the house Tuesday (March 7) afternoon.
Starr's struggle with addiction to a range of drugs -- heroin, methadone, crystal meth, cocaine and pot -- was chronicled on both "Celebrity Rehab" and "Sober House," where he shared space with fellow in-recovery addicts Heidi Fleiss, Tom Sizemore and Dennis Rodman.
One topic Starr returned to again and again in treatment as a continuing source of pain was the 2002 death of Alice in Chains frontman Layne Staley. And although he had a difficult time staying clean, he appeared to ultimately prevail over his addictions, returning in a season 4 episode to talk about his triumph.
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