Survivor’s Jessica “Sugar” Kiper in Celebrity Rehab

Celebrity Rehab lost one reality TV cast member when Michaele Salahi was booted for not actually having an addiction other than to reality TV show cameras, but there is another reality show cast member among the celebrities at the Pasadena Recovery Center: Survivor Gabon runner-up Jessica “Sugar” Kiper, who also appeared briefly on Survivor Heroes vs. Villains.

Last Tuesday, Sugar wrote on Twitter, “I’m going AWAY for a few weeks… And I won’t be able to fb or twitter… Outcome will be good…” Earlier this week, she wrote, “I just wanted to check in and let ya know I’m alive… And SOBER… (gasp!)” Rumorfix confirmed that she’s on the show and said she “is addicted to alcohol.”

Sugar has been linked to Andy Dick, who appeared on the first season of Sober House, and in a tweet this week, Sugar suggested Andy might visit her when family members are allowed to show up.

Sugar, you may recall, was fine with her zero votes on her first season of Survivor, during which she was emotional over the recent death of her father. Before the game, she told me about being recruited for the show and her acting career. In her second appearance, she told me about a pre-game romance and after she was kicked off, revealed that Parvati had pre-game knowledge of Russell Hantz.

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Marriage At First Sight

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Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.