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 »
I loved the Blake Babies. I loved the Juliana Hatfield Three. I loved “My So-Called Life,” on which she appeared for a Christmas episode as the homeless ghost girl. For me, rocker Juliana Hatfield will always be one of the defining women of the 1990s. So I was pretty pumped when I saw that she’d penned an op-ed for Stereogum about, of all things, “Celebrity Rehab.” And let’s just saw that homegirl can really write. Here’s what she had to say:
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We’re all a little bit crazy. I know I am. After battling a bout of depression in my teens, going through therapy in my 20s, and ultimately becoming a happy, more well-adjusted person, I decided to get my masters in psychology. Why? Because people are endlessly fascinating and complex. So I get a little too excited watching shows like “Intervention,” “Obsessed,” and “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew.” Sometimes my friends make fun of me, pointing out that I am the one who is “addicted” or “obsessed” with these shows. Laugh all you want, but I don’t watch because I get off on other people’s problems. I just think it’s important to have empathy for what other people are going through. I watch to be a better person, darn it. And that’s why I am so psyched that VH1 has created a new reality series that follows people who have obsessive-compulsive disorder. Keep reading »
Mary Carey, born Mary Ellen Cook, went on “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” to quit her addiction to drugs and alcohol. While she was there, Dr. Drew Pinsky encouraged her to give up her porn career because, he felt, the lifestyle was a threat to her recovery, especially since, he believed, she was a sex addict, too. He wanted her to go back to who she really was — Mary Ellen — and create a new life for herself. It lasted for awhile, but Mary Carey is back to porn in a new movie: “Celebrity Pornhab with Dr. Screw.” How does the doc feel about being the inspiration for her return to porn? His tweet on the matter after the jump. Keep reading »
Porn star Mary Carey has been trying to clean up her act in Dr. Drewâ€™s Celebrity Rehab on VH1. The lovable blonde cutie has been successfully searching for a way to feel like her sexy self while staying sober. Honest and adorable, Miss Mary has made her way into our heart. Unfortunately, the hanger-on/genetic mutation that is Daniel Baldwin disrespected the lady, sending her dirty texts and pictures of his â€œmanhoodâ€ and then harassed her to do the same while in the rehab facility. Worse yet, Daniel Baldwin is married with a baby on the way. Yuck, just thinking about him makes us want to spray some disinfectant! Although, after episode five he left the center to seemingly flee punishment for his actions, but it looks like he finally got what was coming to him. Mary Carey and the pregnant Mrs. Baldwin have been talking on the phone and Daniel was just spotted sporting quite the shiner. Whether the black eye is from his wife, Mary Carey, or any other women heâ€™s insulted, it is well-deserved. So if you see Daniel Baldwin, feel free to do your part. We here at The Frisky recommend using the hand with the most rings. [TMZ] Keep reading »