Now confirmed by VH1 and exec producer/host Dr. Drew Pinsky, the names of the latest group of addicted "stars" to seek help on Celebrity Rehab 2 have popped up in print and online. They are: Rodney "Can't We All Just Get Along" King, first season American Idol also-ran Nikki McKibbin, actress Tawny Kitaen, model Amber Smith, Guns N' Roses bandmember Steven Adler, Sean Stewart (son of Rod), actor Gary Busey, who says he's been sober and off cocaine for 13 years, and, in a return visit, actor Jeff Conaway. Missing from the list were previously announced celebs Heidi Fleiss and Sebastian Bach.
"Over the course of the first season we were inundated with positive feedback about the series from our viewers and those in the rehab community. Dr. Drew is a powerful, positive force for those seeking recovery and I am quite simply amazed not only by the quality of his medical care, but for how much Drew and his team truly care about the people they are treating," said Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Production, VH1, in a press release. "This series is a deeply transformative emotional experience in front of the cameras and behind the scenes for everyone involved and I believe it resonates with the viewers because the stakes are so high and the journey is so very human."
Dr. Drew is taking time off from his nationally syndicated daytime and late-night radio shows this week to concentrate on the first days of filming on the cable rehab show. The series will be in production for the next 21 days as the stars detox and undergo treatment for their drug and alcohol addictions.
Pinsky's "Loveline" co-host Stryker said on Sunday night this week that he and the doc have been approached to appear in their radio sex-expert guises on one of the L.A.-based daytime soaps.
Details to follow on all of the above.