A regular on shock jock Howard Stern's radio show, Lange was offered a spot on the series after years of publicly battling his own drug demons.
He pleaded recently guilty to driving under the influence of drugs in July (09), and confessed to police he had a prescribed sleeping pill in his system - but insists he is eight months sober from heroin and hasn't taken cocaine since 1997.
And now he's certain he made the right decision to get clean and sober without the help of Celebrity Rehab's Dr. Drew - because he questions if producers would jeopardise his sobriety for the sake of TV drama.
He tells the New York Post, "They offered me 200 grand ($200,000/£125,000) to do Celebrity Rehab. I love Dr. Drew... but I don't think that's helping (relapsed actor) Jeff Conaway... They said it was about me getting better, but if I relapsed, they're not going to air that? My mother knows I've done coke (cocaine), but she's never seen me do it."
The ex-Full House actress recalls the turbulent years when she was hooked on methamphetamine and cocaine in her new tell-all tome unSweetined.
The star reveals how she reached rock bottom when she was asked to encourage students at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to avoid booze and drugs - and turned up high on narcotics.
And Sweetin admits she used the money from the Just Say No speeches to fund her habit.
In the book, she writes, "I was back to partying like I was at my worst, spending seven hundred dollars a week on meth, coke.
"I thought for sure that one of the professors (during a speech at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) would take one look at me and kick me out. But none did. They wanted to hear about the trials and tribulations of Jodie Sweetin, or at least the Jodie Sweetin I had created."
The stunner was recently exposed as a cocaine user in British tabloid The Sun and now she's revealing what she did to earn upto $22,500 (£15,000)-an-hour as a prostitute to millionaire businessmen.
She tells the publication, "This is the truth, warts and all. For a short while I sold my body for a lot of money. I am not proud of it... In the summer of 2004 I was drinking a bottle of vodka a night and using cocaine by day.
"The coke ran out, my cash card was rejected and my dealer was ringing up demanding payments. I knew I desperately needed money - now."
Anderton admits her first sexual encounter as a hooker lasted less than two minutes: "I felt a bit sick before my first time. But I told myself to get a grip. I got a taxi to a hotel in Knightsbridge, West London. I was shaking and sweating. I was dressed in a black Dolce and Gabbana suit, with six-inch Louboutin heels. I looked respectable, successful, normal.
"I went to this man's room. I had told the madam I didn't want to be with some horrible fat, old man. So when he opened the door I was relieved. He was a smart Arab, mid-30s and quite handsome. We shook hands. He seemed so lonely my nerves vanished and I felt sorry for this man.
"After about 40 minutes of talking, I decided to take charge and stood up and took my dress off. I pushed him back on the bed while he looked at me eagerly. I closed my eyes and quickly pulled down his underwear. I felt in control. It was over very quickly. He handed me the cash and I slipped out."
The model admits she was an instant big hit: "I actually giggled when she (the madam) asked if I fancied a trip to Florence. I thought, 'Italy doesn't sound too bad'. Suddenly I was on a plane, first class. I was taken to a beautiful hotel, where a porter showed me to my room.
"It was filled with chocolates, champagne, flowers. Laid out on the bed was expensive underwear with a note that read, 'Please put these on'."
The client was a British businessman she knew, and her money-making side venture almost came to a crashing halt.
She adds, "He said, 'Sophie, why is a nice girl like you doing something like this?' I couldn't answer. But the sex was amazing and the following morning I woke up and found a Christian Dior bag filled with £50 notes. I'd sold my body again and this was what it was worth."
Her days as a high-class hooker ended when she almost threw up during sex with a "leering" overweight businessman: "I felt sick. His face was sweaty and cheerful, like a cat who'd got the cream. For the first time, I felt like a piece of meat. He stripped, revealing a huge stomach. It was over in a minute. I left trembling and crying.
"I had slept with five men and made more than £50,000, which paid my drug debts and a deposit on a flat. Now I could escape."
The former Monty Python star has made a career out of abstract films, including Brazil, 12 Monkeys and drug-binge movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
But the moviemaker insists he has never used hard drugs to gain inspiration for a new screenplay - as he hates the bad feeling he gets after the high wears off.
He tells Total Film, "When Python used to be reviewed, they all thought we were druggies. Me, in particular.
"There's been a few interesting times on dope, but not many. Coke, during the 80s... When you land in Los Angeles, you get off the plane and you're jetlagged.
"But after a couple of goes, I always hated it because the hangover was worse than the high. So it's not like I'm frightened of the stuff - except for acid."
The actors have become tabloid fodder in recent months with details emerging about their sex lives and reported drug taking.
The latest report in the National Enquirer suggests Dane and Gayheart were spotted snorting a white powder at a bash in the Hollywood Hills in late 2008.
A source tells the publication, "I think Eric and Rebecca were there to get high. It didn't take long before she asked where the coke was. They went into another room and started snorting lines of cocaine. I watched them do it... I saw Rebecca snort lines a couple of times - and Eric at least once."
But the couple has slammed the allegations, blasting the insider's account as a "bunch of lies".
Their representative tells GossipCop.com, "It's mean and untrue. If it happened, where are the photos?"
Dane and Gayheart made headlines last month (Aug09) when home video footage of the pair frolicking naked with pal Kari Ann Peniche leaked online.
The video featured the seemingly intoxicated threesome passing a camera around and dreaming up porn names for each other.
The actor/comedian made his entrance on the show by picking up Kimmel's pen and pretending to hoover a line of coke from the host's desk up his nose.
A chuckling Kimmel said, "I know they told you to stop doing that."
The Mrs. Doubtfire star also shocked as he talked about recent surgery to replace a heart valve, joking he had a baboon heart switch - and then pretending he had side effects as he started pretending to masturbate.
Censors had to pixelate his actions for the airing of the show.
Williams actually had a pig's valve fitted and quipped, "It's great because you can find truffles."
The funnyman also joked the surgery has put him off eating meat - because every time he starts to eat a burger, the "heart goes 'You're one of us now.'"
The censors were also button happy as Williams started talking about vaginas, suggesting "Tiny Vagina would be a good stripper's name".
Pitt has recently claimed he quit marijuana when he became a dad in two separate interviews, insisting he couldn't look after his six kids with Angelina Jolie while under the influence.
Last week (ends14Aug09), he told TV commentator Bill Maher, "I'm a dad now. You want to be alert and my eyes used to glaze over when I did that.
But in an interview with radio host Howard Stern on Monday (17Aug09) Tarantino revealed Pitt provided him with some "pretty good" pot when they met to discuss their new movie Inglourious Basterds last year (08).
Tarantino told Stern, "He takes this brick of hash, whips out a knife, like Jesse James, and cuts me off a big slither. I go, 'Do you have a pipe to go with this?' And he handed me a Coke can!".
While television networks may have been ready to begin airing ads again, advertisers were not. Some ad buyers suggested that the climate was simply not right for product ballyhoo; others wanted time to review the content of their current campaigns to make certain that there was nothing in them that would upset viewers. (Scenes that included the World Trade Center towers were either being digitally edited to remove the towers or were being reshot.)
Coca-Cola indicated that it has halted its entire ad campaign, which features the tagline: "Life tastes good." Reporting on the soft-drink maker's decision, today's Wall Street Journal commented that Coke is considering whether it should de-emphasize the "Life tastes good" tagline "when life is anything but." Today's New York Times, observing that it will not be easy to lure advertisers back to TV, quoted Fox Broadcasting's sales chief Jon Nesvig as saying, "The airlines and the financial services guys don't really want to go on the air, and the people with the happy-life commercials don't want to be there. ... People are trying to make sure their commercials are as appropriate as can be." Many television outlets filled commercial minutes with appeals for the American Red Cross disaster relief effort.
Singer Stevie Nicks, in an ABC News interview, talking about her former cocaine habit.
"It just becomes something that you think, 'well, can't get out of bed...I can't go shopping without doing some coke... I can't even go out to a movie without doing some coke.'"
Moments after being taken off her respirator Wednesday, supermodel Niki Taylor requested a Coke and seemed to be in good spirits, ABCNews.com reported. Taylor, who has been in the hospital for 2 ½ weeks, sustained internal injuries, primarily to her liver, during a car accident. Even though she is showing much improvement, the 26-year-old is halfway through her recovery and is not completely out of danger, according to her doctors.