Rodney King, Gary Busey, Jeff Conaway, Nikki McKibbin, Tawny Kitaen reportedly check in to Celebrity Rehab

Celebrity Rehab 2 started production yesterday, and the cast reportedly includes beating victim Rodney King, American Idol‘s Nikki McKibbin, cocaine-possessing Surreal Life 6 cast member Tawny Kitaen, and Jeff Conaway.

The New York Post reports that “model/actress Amber Smith, former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler and Rod Stewart’s troubled son Sean Stewart” are also in the cast. In addition, “Gary Busey, who claims 13 years of sobriety, is joining the cast to help the stars through the recovery process.”

Of those rumored to participate, Heidi Fliess dropped “out at the last minute, according to sources,” the paper says. Aaron Carter is also not mentioned, nor is Sebastian Bach, even though the New York Post itself said last week that he would be participating.

Jeff Conaway, last season’s most compelling and horrifying cast member, confirmed that he’s back. At the TV Land awards Sunday, he said, “It’s time to get off” the pain medication he’s still on, according to USA TODAY.

Rehab’s a Riot [New York Post]
TV Land Awards: Golden moments [USA TODAY]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

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