Bob Forrest criticizes Celebrity Rehab, the show he created

Bob Forrest, the addiction counselor who’s featured on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab, has criticized the show, saying he regrets creating it.

“If I had to do it all over again I don’t think I’d walk into the office and say we should do this show. I don’t like the editing of it. I don’t like that they show the same thing over and over again. I don’t like what it’s become technically,” he told the Los Angeles Times. Bob explained how the series idea came to him: “I came into work one day and I was so angry. People were saying rehab is a joke. Rehab is a real thing. I’ve lived in it and worked in it for 20 years and … we need to fight back. Rehab needs to be on television cause America’s so dumb it needs to see it.”

The paper profiles Bob and describes his journey from drug addict and Thelonious Monster’s front man to sober addiction counselor (last year he started Hollywood Recovery Services, which counsels some former cast members of the show).

Bob’s story is also being told in the documentary Bob and the Monster, which is playing at film festivals and elsewhere. Here’s its trailer:

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