Dr. Drew Pinsky, known simply as Dr. Drew, recently stated in a radio chat with Zach Sang and the Gang that he does not intend to do any more of his Celebrity Rehab program or show (which is probably a good decision, considering the controversy surrounding the death rate of the shows cast members). Dr. Drew stated in the interview, quite plainly, that he simply cannot take the pressure and stress that comes with the show anymore.
“I’m tired. It’s very stressful and intense for me,” Pinsky said. “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?” I should note that Rodney King, in fact, died on June 17th, 2012 when he was found drowned at the bottom of his pool with both alcohol and cocaine in his system.
In addition to King, former cast members Mindy McCready, Jeff Conaway, Mike Starr and Joey Kovar have all passed away after having appeared on Dr. Drew’s program. “I don't have plans to do that again. I'm tired of taking all the heat. It's just ridiculous,” said Dr. Drew.
Despite all the criticism that has been aimed at Dr. Drew and the show, Dr. Drew insists that in the end his program has done more good than harm. “A lot of people are sober because of ‘Celebrity Rehab’ who wouldn’t have been sober without it,” he said.