Dr. Drew Pinsky won’t be appearing in any of your favorite print publications anytime soon. The former Celebrity Rehab host and current host of Dr. Drew on HLN has refused to do any more print interviews. The addiction specialist said he was tired of his words being taken out of context and felt that being misquoted was simply unavoidable.
Speaking with Anna David of After Party Chat, Dr. Drew explained that his refusal to do print interviews is a way of trying to avoid misconceptions about his personal beliefs. “No matter what I say, it gets distorted. If I say, ‘I love my wife,’ the response seems to be, ‘Sure he does, we found a girlfriend,’” Dr. Drew said. “The other thing that’s frustrating is I’ll present an opinion that’s based on 20 years of experience and the current research, and a reporter will take that and then go out to someone on the street and say, ‘Well, what do you think?’ And they give that equal balance.”
It’s understandable, perhaps, that Dr. Drew is reluctant to deal with the media after the intense backlash he received while appearing on Celebrity Rehab. When country singer Mindy McCready committed suicide last February, she became the fifth cast member on Celebrity Rehab to pass away. Several other former cast members, including Brigitte Nielsen and Joanie “Chyna” Laurer, have also very publicly relapsed since their time on the show. Dr. Drew was accused of exploiting his on-air patients and making a profit off them at their lowest moments. The '80s pop star Richard Marx even compared the addiction specialist to notorious "death doctor" Jack Kevorkian.
Dr. Drew addressed McCready's suicide and the show's supposed "curse" on CNN, where he denied that the show was directly responsible for any of the cast member deaths. "One of my hopes was, in bringing Celebrity Rehab out, to teach people how dangerous addiction was," Dr. Drew explained. "If I was doing a show on cancer, there would not be much surprise when my cancer patient died. In fact, we'd celebrate a few years of good quality life. People don't understand that addiction has virtually the same prognosis."
Several cast members have also rushed to defend Celebrity Rehab and even credit the show with saving their lives. Former Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew and Sober House castmate Jennie Ketcham said that Dr. Drew's intentions are only benevolent and that “he’s a big part of the rehab and therapy that helps us get better.”