Dr. Drew Pinsky is checking out of Celebrity Rehab for good.
The physician announced this week on radio show Zach and the Gang that he’s leaving the VH1 reality series due to the negative feedback he’s received when the stars he’s attempted to help have either relapsed or died.
“I don’t have plans to do that again,” Pinsky said during his segment. “I’m tired of taking all the heat. It’s just ridiculous.
“It’s very stressful and very intense for me,” Pinsky continued.”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 take the blame? Rodney King has a heart attack and I take blame for that?”
Five celebrities who have appeared on Celebrity Rehab‘s six-season run have passed away, including singer Mindy McCready, Taxi star Jeff Conaway, King, Real World participant Joey Kovar and Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr.
Most recently, Season 1 participant Steven Adler — former drummer for Guns ‘n’ Roses — checked himself back into rehab to continue working on his sobriety.
“These are really sick people, that’s why they die,” Pinsky explained. “These are people with life-threatening addiction. Bob [Forrest] and Shelly [Sprague] and I ran a program for 20 years and [for Celebrity Rehab] we do what we always do and just let them run the cameras.”