Stop the bus! We’ve got a lot of Stevie J. news to share. Before I start, I certainly hope that Mona Scott Young has Dr. Drew on speed dial so she can cash in on her Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star’s latest dramz! Celebrity Rehab plus LHH:ATL definitely equals a reality train wreck we’d all tune in to watch. And I’m worried about the future of humanity! 😉
We all know that ol’ Stevie has been battling the feds over a minor child support snafu. Please note that “minor” was supposed to be typed in my special “sarcasm” font. The reality star reportedly owes back support to one the mothers of his children to the tune of over $1 million after neglecting to pay since 2001. His hearing is scheduled for January 9th, but apparently Stevie is hoping to strike a deal. Here’s hoping it happens before he heads to rehab. Yes, you read that correctly!
Country music singer and former Celebrity Rehab patient Mindy McCready died on Sunday of an apparent suicide. The thirty-seven-year-old mother had a long history of mental health problems and substance abuse. Her boyfriend killed himself less than a month ago.
Mindy is the fifth Celebrity Rehab participant to die since appearing on the reality show, and she is the third from her season. Despite the turmoil endured by several of his patients, Dr. Drew Pinsky still believes that the show can be successful if the participants maintain treatment.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mindy's family and friends.
In Touch is reporting that the two were seen recently on a date at celebrity hot spot Koi and things looked pretty hot and heavy. A eye-witness tells the magazine, “It was really full-on PDA! They looked really cute and comfortable together, definitely like they’ve known each other a long time. They were sitting really close and talking in each other's ear and then ordered food to share.”
Sean and Adrienne do have some things in common, like they've both appeared on reality TV (Sean starred on Celebrity Rehab) and they both come from wealthy families, so there's that.
TELL US – IS IT A PUBLICITY STUNT? PLOY TO MAKE PAUL JEALOUS?
Reality television star Joey Kovar was found dead on Friday, and his August 18th autopsy report was inconclusive and the cause of death will be determined by pending toxicology reports. Joey struggled with addiction while appearing on The Real World: Hollywood and also did a stint on Celebrity Rehab in 2009.
Hollywood Life is reporting that Joey went to a female friend’s home in Chicago Ridge, Illinois the night before he died. He told her he’d been doing cocaine and asked her to take him to score more drugs. She refused, but she reveals that Joey then took some Viagra and the pair fooled around but did not have sex. Afterwards, Joey’s friend fell asleep, and when she awoke she found him unconscious and bleeding from the nose and ears.
It’s a truly sad story, and our thoughts go out to Joey’s family and friends.
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DID YOU WATCH JOEY ON THE REAL WORLD AND CELEBRITY REHAB?
Joey admitted he had struggled with substance abuse for years and left the show mid-season to enter rehab. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to maintain his sobriety. Following that he appeared on 2010’s Celebrity Rehab where he was described as being addicted to cocaine and ecstasy.
The show’s website details Joey’s history with substance abuse: “Joey had been abusing massive amounts of alcohol, cocaine, ecstasy, meth and, as part of his bodybuilding, steroids since he was a teenager and had come very close to death through an overdose.”
Jennifer Giminez is clearly proving herself to be a jack of all trades. The former model and current biffle of RHOBH’sBrandi Glanville began abusing drugs at the height of her modeling career. Battling those addictions for thirteen years, she has been sober for six. Jennifer is no stranger to reality television, having been alongside Dr. Drew on Sober House and Celebrity Rehab.
Jennifer just finished filming Rehab. That season will premiere on VH1 in September, with Jennifer telling celebs.gather.com that it was “intense” and will be “the best season ever.” Rehab will showcase everyday people suffering from addition.
Jennifer has also begun penning her memoir, revealing, “I’m telling my life story and I’m digging deep.” Her book should hit the shelves early next year.
WILL YOU BE WATCHING REHAB? LOOKING FORWARD TO JENNIFER’S BOOK?
Last summer, Dr.Drewannounced he no longer had time to do his show Celebrity Rehab, and it would be taking an indefinite hiatus. Now, it looks like the good doctor has found time in his schedule to host yet another reality show, but this time, it will feature regular people; young adults in their twenties with addiction issues.
A press release posted by VH-1 has more details on the new show with a working title of Rehab With Dr. Drew.
VH1 is once again partnering with Dr. Drew Pinsky to lead a group of addicts through the difficult process of getting clean and sober. The new season of “Rehab with Dr. Drew” (Tentative title) will not feature celebrities with substance abuse issues, but instead follow the real-life experiences of young adults who are struggling with addiction as they undergo the same detoxification and treatment plan at The Pasadena Recovery Center as utilized in “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.” “Rehab with Dr. Drew” is set to premiere in the summer of 2012 on VH1 with eight one-hour episodes.
Has it finally happened? Has Dr. Drew simply run out of D-listers willing to put their lives on screen for a minuscule shot at a comeback by attempting the extremely difficult and private matter that is attending substance abuse rehab on a reality show? Well, that is up for debate.
Surely, regular folks will demand much less money than a known celebrity and will probably be far more willing to discuss their lives. While Celebrity Rehab did “go there” on many occasions due to the nature of the show, actors are still actors and I’d bet money that there were many things that were kept from the public.
The network claims the show’s format is changing due to “many people” who have decided to seek help due to the show. Dr. Drew hopes that this show will inspire others to take the same step, saying “”It is my sincere hope that this show will encourage people who are struggling to seek the help. Treatment works and there is hope and recovery is possible.”
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TELL US: WILL YOU WATCH DR. DREW’S NEW SHOW? DO YOU THINK A SHOW WITH NORMAL PEOPLE WILL BE MORE INTERESTING? DO YOU THINK THE SHOW WILL TRULY HELP VIEWERS WATCHING AT HOME?
VH1 has announced their latest Celebrity Rehab spin-off, Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew. It promises to tackle the mostly ignored world of sex addiction.
It debuts Sunday, Nov. 1 at 10/9c. You can read more about the show in the press release below. The casts includes Amber Smith ( a Celebrity Rehab alum), Nicole Norain (Playboy playmate and Collin Farrel sex tape co-star), Kari Ann Peniche(made recent headlines for starring in a ‘sex tape’ with Erica Dane and Rebecca Gayheart), and some other stars.
VH1, Dr. Drew and Irwin Entertainment have expanded their documentary series on addiction to examine one of society’s most taboo topics, sex addiction, in the upcoming series Sex Rehab With Dr. Drew. The series is set to premiere on VH1 on Sunday, November 1 at 10pm.
Addictions are nothing new, and most people are aware of those involving alcohol, drugs, and eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, but few know about and understand sex addiction. It afflicts roughly 3%-6% of the American population, and just like other addictions, its impact on personal lives can be devastating. The affliction can wreak havoc on the mental and physical health of those afflicted as well as destroy marriages, families, careers and even finances.
The Full Cast is Below —
Nicole Narain – Model / Playboy Playmate
Soon after becoming Playboy’s Miss January 2002, she appeared in music videos from the likes of Diddy, Mario Wayans and Jermaine Dupri. She’s also appeared on Entourage, Mad TV and American Heiress. She reached a new level of exposure when a sex tape featuring her with Colin Farrel leaked. “That pretty much ruined my life,” she says.
Amber Smith – Supermodel/Actress
An internationally recognized supermodel and actress for 20 years, Amber Smith, also acted in films such as L.A. Confidential, American Beauty and The Mirror Has Two Faces. She appeared on Sober House and the second season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, where she went public with her 16-year addiction to opiate painkillers.