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'Celebrity Rehab' In Midst of Final Season: Report

by Alex Moaba, posted Jul 11th 2011 5:00PM
'Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew' is in the midst of its final season, according to a report in Radar Online. The reason, reportedly, has nothing to do with a mounting chorus of criticism the show has been getting from the substance abuse treatment community, but instead is because of Dr. Drew Pinksy's increasingly busy TV schedule.

"The decision was made to put the show on hiatus because Dr. Drew Pinsky is just too busy to continue to do the show," a source close to the show told Radar. "The amount of time Dr. Drew has to commit to treating celebrities on the show is a tremendous amount of time. [Dr. Drew] would absolutely love to revisit doing the show again in the future when he has the time. Dr. Drew really enjoyed doing the show, even though it could be very emotionally grueling at times."

Dr. Drew is indeed a busy man. HLN's 'Dr. Drew Show,' which has recently turned into nightly coverage of the Casey Anthony trial, airs every weeknight, and Pinsky's long-running radio show 'Loveline' broadcasts every Sunday through Thursday. He's also launching a new show in the fall called 'Life Changers,' a daytime program airing on he CW about real-life people and their journeys through hardship.

'Celebrity Rehab' in currently in its fifth season, featuring celebrity patients Michael Lohan, Doc Gooden, Bai Ling, Stephen Adler, Sean Young and Amy Fisher, among others. The show suffered two devastating blows this summer when former patients Mike Starr and Jeff Conaway died from drug-related issues. Those incidents brought a fresh round of debate as to whether the show is exploitative, and raised questions about the effectiveness of televised drug treatment.

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Although I rarely watched the show, the death of Jeff Conway and the celebrity should in no way say that the show was exploitive. Addicts whether they are celebrities or not fall and some unfortunately don't make it. I was very saddened to hear of Jeff's passing and didn't know of his troubled passed. Being on Dr. Drew's show was not a prelude to his death, I don't believe his being on there helped him or hurt him either way. God bless you Jeff and to you to Mike Starr. The others on there also showed how aggressive their behavior can be as they try to come off drugs and alcohol, or how they can be when they want to admit to a problem and really want to try and kick it, or they just don't have the energy to do it at that time. I have had to go through this with people close to me before and with God's help they are now ok, but it doesn't happen over night, and this show shouldn't be expected to be cure all in the 32 shows or whatever it is they are alloted per season.

July 12 2011 at 5:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hey Michael,
Please don't bad about Dr. Drew. He's a real doctor. Just look it up at Google.
To everyone else and AOL TV:
I like Dr. Drew and how he doesn't take any gruff from anybody. He tells it like it is.
He's like a calmer Wendy Williams, but a doctor as well.

July 12 2011 at 12:44 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Jennifer, why don't you learn that not everything you read on the internet is true and/or that not every site is accurate or up to date. Mike Starr, the musician from Alice in Chains, IS DECEASED and died of a drug overdose. There are many, many articles detailing this and even mention that he had a rough time on Celebrity Rehab and then Sober Living but came back to tell his story.

So IMDB can tell you Ed McMahon is waiting at your door to give you a Publisher's Clearinghouse check for a million bucks, but I can guarantee you the next time you open your door, you'll be greatly disappointed. Learn how to check before you post.

July 12 2011 at 12:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jennifer, I don't know what your source is but, sadly, Mike Starr is definitely deceased. He and Jeff Conway died shortly after each other.

Personally, I enjoy the show and have a great deal of respect for Dr, Drew. I think he is providing a much needed service to addicts who have been unsuccessful in other facilities. Are they all successful, no. Steven Adler is an example, but Steven Adler also had the intelligence to return to the facility to finish what he started. Mike Starr failed. I don't know the statistics, but I am sure his success rate is quite high. The fact that the facility is not a country club, soft place impresses me. They have to toe the line and participate in groups and individual meetings whether they want to or not and no matter how sick they may be feeling. My prediction re the current group: Amy Fisher will fail. She is far too wrapped up in herself and doesn't really want to be there. The participants KNOW what they are getting into, and I DO think parts of the show are scripted/staged.....but I think it is a good show.

Please, Dr. Drew, take a break but come back soon. Contrary to the negative and snide comments here, you have a large fan base and are offering a great service.

July 11 2011 at 11:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jeff Conaway died of pneumonia with sepsis, not drug related overdose. Well done on the fact check

July 11 2011 at 11:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

...and they want a persons insurance to pay for this "treatment?" No wonder most insurance companies want the hell away from having to pay for "mental/emotional" treatment. Celebrity rehab? What an absolute joke. Most of these people are simply narcissistic little kids throwing temper tantrums. You wanna see some healing? Force these d-bags to volunteer at a children's burn center. Require them to work with homeless battered women and their families. You will come away with a new-found thanks to your god for your blessings. A good old-fashioned, well placed, boot in the posterior would help most of these rehab residents immensely.

July 11 2011 at 11:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What're the odds someone from the show has had exploratory talks with Casey Anthony?

July 11 2011 at 9:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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July 11 2011 at 9:18 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

ok. just looked up the show's past seasons. imdb.com only lists actors, not musicians. the mike starr they are referring to in this article is a former musician. my thoughts go out to his and jeff conaways friends and families.

July 11 2011 at 9:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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