Celebrity Rehab: Shelved By VH1 Amid Criticism, Cast Member Deaths

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Dr. Drew’s VH1 Celebrity Rehab center is closed for 2012 and possibly beyond.

The shows drew criticism following the deaths of actor Jeff Conaway and Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr, both of whom recently appeared in the program.

The events prompted a surge of criticism about VH1 and the show, where stars try to get help for their addictions, for not taking serious issues seriously.

Rachel Uchitel was treated for "love addiction," so critics had a point.

Mike Starr
Jeff Conaway Photo

VH1 will instead launch Relationship Rehab, which avoids potentially deadly abuse and dependency issues and instead will deal with mending relationships.

VH1 says Rehab is not cancelled and is simply off the schedule due to scheduling issues. Mmm hmm. Dr. Drew, meanwhile, has his new show Lifechangers.

Still, the network aired five seasons of Celebrity Rehab that increased in ratings, hitting 1 million viewers per episode last year, well over VH1's average.

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