We were totally shocked when we saw former “America’s Next Top Model” contest Jael Strauss — who’d appeared on Cycle 8 of the series — would be appearing on a “Dr. Phil” episode devoted to her drug abuse. Since appearing on the series six years ago, Jael’s life has taken a severely downward slide. She’s been addicted to meth, and her family begs her to get help during a harrowing Dr. Phil intervention. Jael hardly looks like the beautiful girl she was just six short years ago — with pockmarked skin and bleached blond locks, she appears much older and worn out than most other 28-year-olds.
We wish her the best and hope that Thursday’s episode of “Dr. Phil” gets her the help she needs. Jael is hardly the only reality TV star to slide into addiction — let’s review…
Supposedly, season five of “Celebrity Rehab” will be Dr. Drew Pinsky’s last. While the show hasn’t been officially cancelled, it is said to be going on “indefinite hiatus,” and we can just guess what that means. It’s been a very rough year for “Celebrity Rehab” alums. Two of Dr. Drew’s former patients on the show died as a result of their struggles with addiction—Alice in Chains guitarist Mike Starr and “Grease” actor Jeff Conway. Dr. Drew and his staff are mourning these deaths and have vowed to continue to help other celebs get clean and sober.
Five episodes of season five have aired so far, and they have been intense, to say the least. This season features an all-star cast with all-star addictions: Michael Lohan, Long Island Lolita Amy Fisher, Chinese actress Bai Ling, former baseball star Dwight “Doc” Gooden, “Survivor” castaway Jessica “Sugar” Kiper, actress (and Director’s Guild Gala heckler) Sean Young, “Baywatch” hunk Jeremy Jackson, and former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler, who happens to be a two-time Celebrity Rehabber. The season has us glued to the screen. After the jump, the top five moments that have gone down so far. May they inspire you to set your DVR. Keep reading »
The lord giveth and taketh away. (Yeah, I pre-apologize for that intro line—it’s in poor taste.) Last week, we learned that Tareq and Michaele Salahi—the White House party crashers who ended up on “The Real Housewives of DC“—would be checking in to “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” for its new season along with Bai Ling, Michael Lohan, and (surprise!) Amy Fisher. But alas, Michaele has been sent home. Why? She apparently isn’t addicted to anything. Keep reading »
We knew they were on something. We won’t get to see White House party crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi on “The Real Housewives of DC” anymore but, apparently, the two are not ready to leave reality television behind. And so, they have signed on for the new season of “Celebrity Rehab” with Dr. Drew. Which leads us to the obvious question: What was their substance of choice?!?! Tell us, VH1, tell us.
According to reports, they will be joined on the show by actress/red carpet disaster Bai Ling, former Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden, and “Baywatch” actor Jeremy Jackson. Oh, and Michael Lohan. Keep reading »
Rachel Uchitel has had a rocky road on “Celebrity Rehab.” She agreed to do the show to deal with her Ambien addiction and “emotional issues,” which most people assumed to mean her tendency to get involved with married and famous men—she was linked not only to Tiger Woods but also David Boreanaz. But in late July, she abruptly left the show after an intense therapy session and checked into a hotel. She returned less than 24 hours later, after hearing pleas from the producers and co-stars Janice Dickinson, Eric Roberts (bro of Julia), and Jason Wahler (of “The Hills”). The freak-out was apparently over having to talk about her father, who died of a cocaine overdose when she was 15.
Last week, Rachel visited the site of another trauma with Dr. Drew. She made the trek to Ground Zero. Keep reading »
I know you guys have barely been able to sleep since we told you in early June that “Celebrity Rehab 4” was on indefinite hold because the producers were having a tough time finding big name addicts willing to have their withdrawal symptoms and teary group-therapy sessions aired on primetime TV. But—never fear!—the situation has been resolved. The show has two new participants. One of them is a big duh—Jeremy London, who basically wrote “Hey Dr. Drew, cast me!” across his forehead in permanent marker with the whole I-was-kidnapped-and-forced-to-smoke-dope story.
The second new person on the show is a little bit of a surprise—Rachel Uchitel, i.e. first woman to be accused of boning Tiger Woods. Apparently, she’s seeking treatment for a prescription pill addiction. What kind, Rachel, what kind?!?! [PopEater] Keep reading »