It’s official: from here on out no more troubled celebrities will be checking into Dr. Drew Pinsky‘s Celebrity Rehab. During a recent interview with the Zach Sang & The Gang radio show, Dr. Drew confirmed he “doesn’t have plans” to make any more seasons of the controversial VH1 reality show. His reasoning? “I’m tired of taking all the heat. It’s just ridiculous.”
To date, five people who participated in Celebrity Rehab since its debut in 2008 have passed away. Country star Mindy McCready committed suicide in February; Rodney King had cocaine and alcohol in his system when he drowned in June 2012; Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr accidentally overdosed on prescription medication in March 2011; Jeff Conaway also died of a drug overdose in 2011; and Real World star Joey Kovar died of accidental opiate intoxication in August 2012.
Despite the death toll, Pinksy still claims that the show helped people. “It’s sad that we’re not doing more shows because people did get help,” he said. “A lot of people are sober because of Celebrity Rehab who wouldn’t have been sober without it.”
“It’s very stressful and very intense for me, ” Pinksy added. “To have people questioning my motives and taking aim at me because people get sick and die because they have a life-threatening disease, and I take the blame? Rodney King has a heart attack and I take blame for that?…”These are really sick people, that’s why they die.”
Pinsky went on to note that, “Bob [Forrest] and Shelly [Sprague] and I ran a program for 20 years and we do what we always do and just let them run the cameras.” In 2012, Pinsky — who is still doling out advice to the girls of Teen Mom on MTV — briefly brought back the show without “Celebrity” in the title. This reinvented version series dealt with the struggles of everyday people and it ran for eight weeks.
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