Dr. Drew is through with VH1’s Celebrity Rehab, saying he’s tired of being blamed for the deaths of five of the show’s cast members. Country star Mindy McCready died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in February. Two of her third season castmates also died, Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr (prescription drug overdose) and Real World cast member Joey Kovar (opiate overdose).
“Grease” star Jeff Conaway and Rodney King, who earned fleeting celebrity after being beaten by L.A. police officers appeared on the show as well. After McCready’s death, singer Richard Marx tweeted that Dr. Drew and “Dr. Death” Jack Kevorkian had the same track record. He later deleted the tweet but went on to say that what Pinsky does is exploitation.
Drew Pinsky told Zach Sang and The Gang the situation has been very stressful for him.
“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?”
We probably shouldn’t be surprised that several celebrities lost public battles with substance abuse. Nor should we be surprised that an intervention airing between Love and Hip-Hop and Basketball Wives didn’t do a whole lot to help them.
It was obvious that several cast members were more concerned with reviving flagging careers than getting treatment. McCready, for example, wrote a song for her castmates.