No more Celebrity Rehab, because Dr. Drew is tired of being blamed

VH1’s Celebrity Rehab hasn’t aired for two years, but won’t return, because Dr. Drew Pinsky is tired of taking the blame for deaths of contestants. As always, it’s all about Dr. Drew.

“I don’t have any plans to do that again. I’m tired of taking all the heat; it’s just ridiculous,” he told the Zach Sang & The Gang show. “These are burdensome patients that I follow for long periods of time.”

Five cast members died in the past few years, including one-third of the cast of season three.

“These are really sick people. That’s why they die. These are people with life-threatening addiction,” he said. “We do what we always do and let them run the cameras.”

“I’m tired. It’s very stressful. It’s very intense for me. And to have people questioning my motives and taking aim at me because people get sick and die because they have a life-threatening disease–and I have to take the blame for that? Rodney King has a heart attack, I take blame for that?” Drew said. He said the celebrities were capable of deciding whether or not to be on a reality show: “Their cognition is not that impaired. They can understand things.”

As I wrote earlier this year, Dr. Drew may be a twit, but neither he nor the series is responsible for their deaths. But by making this all about himself–woe is me, people blame me for the deaths of people I treated on my reality show–Dr. Drew is just giving his critics more fuel for their argument that he cares more about himself than about sick or dead people.

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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.