Former Tiger Woods mistress Rachel Uchitel came under intense criticism as a want-to-be celebrity opportunist when she signed up for ‘Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.’ A number of media outlets suggested she didn’t have an addiction to anything other than the spotlight. But at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards Dr. Drew Pinsky defended Uchitel and warned viewers to withhold judgment until they see her on the show’s latest season.
“What I can tell you is that everyone who disdains Rachel, when they actually see what she is struggling with, will be embarrassed and ashamed for having judged her so harshly because her story is so sad,” he told xfinityTV.com.
Uchitel’s fiancé was killed in the 9/11 attacks and, per Pinsky, “She has really been chasing ghosts since.”
On the show, he added, “We try to bring some closure to that.”
Does she make it all the way through the program? “Oh, yeah, yeah,” Pinsky said. “It’s part of treatment – people acting out and getting angry and leaving and coming and going. It’s part of their process. And for her, it was a very important part of her process, to really test us and have us really be there for her.”
According to Pinksy, everyone on the next season – the cast includes Julia Roberts’ brother actor Eric Roberts, former supermodel Janice Dickinson, ’70s pop star Leif Garrett, actor Jeremy London, ‘Laguna Hills’/'The Hills’ alum Jason Wahler, socialite Jason Davis, and Francine “Frankie” Lons of BET’s ‘Frankie and Neffe – makes it all the way.
“About 70% of the new group are actually still in treatment and going to meetings,” he said.
This new season will emphasize the actual 12-step process of recovery, something overlooked the previous three seasons. “At first, out of respect for the 11th tradition [which calls for "attraction rather than promotion" in terms of public relations], we were very concerned about that,” Pinksy explained. “We didn’t mention the 12 steps. We didn’t mention the recovery program.”
And? “The biggest criticism we got from the recovery community is where are the 12 steps?” he said. “I encourage much more of it this year, but we’ll see how much makes it through editing.”
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