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Who's lining up for the next 'Celebrity Rehab'? Tila Tequila is out; Jeremy London considers it

Tila The bread and butter of "Celebrity Rehab," the VH1 show that attempts to get troubled Z-listers back on the wagon, is the drama the cast experiences on the road to recovery.

So it's not all that surprising that the show's casting process has itself been a bit sensational. Over the last couple of months, it has been rumored that a wide variety of somewhat recognizable personalities may participate. The most recent tally includes "A Shot at Love" reality TV star Tila Tequila; "Party of Five" actor Jeremy London; London's wife, Melissa; Lauren Conrad's ex-boyfriend and former "Hills" star Jason Wahler; Playboy playmate Shauna Sand and oil heir Jason "Gummi Bear" Davis.

A number of these participants have continually confirmed or denied their involvement with the upcoming season of the show, but VH1 has remained mum.

In June, Tequila announced on her blog that she was checking into "Rehab" due to an addiction to prescription painkillers. But in an e-mail sent to The Times on Tuesday, she said she "was having anxiety attacks at the last minute and decided to back out."

She added that the decision not to appear on the program had to do with the show's contract, which "says that [VH1 has] a right to mis-represent you."

"I feel toying with that is not something ok," she wrote.

Meanwhile, Radar Online reported last week that London and his wife would appear on the show. The actor made headlines in June after claiming that three men held him hostage on a hours-long joyride during which he was forced to smoke drugs.

Jeremylondon London's publicist, Dominic Friesen, confirmed that "there is interest" in the actor and his wife joining the "Celebrity Rehab" cast, though their participation has yet to be confirmed.

The actor has had an "outside relationship" with Dr. Drew Pinsky -- the show's host -- in the past, which might lead him to sign on, Friesen said.

"The thing with Jeremy is, having grown up in the spotlight, he's a very private person and he successfully dealt with his issues privately. I think making that public is always a consideration," Friesen said of London's concern about participating. "I think that's always a challenge with reality TV, is really getting a sense of what you're signing up for. Something like ["Celebrity Rehab"], you don't really have control over the experience."

A representative for Wahler did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and a representative for Sand said she was not allowed to confirm any news because her client "wants to get paid for that."

A spokesperson for VH1 said the network was not allowed to comment on the cast until show participants actually move into the rehab facility in Pasadena, which has yet to occur. (A production date for the show has yet to be determined.) 

A representative for Pinsky said he also could not comment on casting decisions. But Sherry Gaba, a psychotherapist and life coach on “Celebrity Rehab," explained the criteria for potential contestants this way:

“They usually have some sort of disease. When they come in, they’re usually not clean," she said.

While in treatment, she explained, participants spend a number of hours each day in group psychotherapy and in meetings, learning how to have “sober fun without being loaded” and “how to get along with other people.” But a televised rehab experience is undeniably different than a private rehab experience, Gaba said.

“It’s not the same as private, and they make their choice to be public,” she said. “Some of the people that come in are pretty down and out. Is it the same as going to a regular rehab? No. But at least they’re getting something.”

-- Amy Kaufman (follow me on Twitter @AmyKinLA)

Upper photo: Tila Tequila. Credit: Toby Canham / Getty Images

Lower photo: Jeremy London. Credit: Dan Steinberg / Associated Press 

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The first person to sign up for "Celebrity Rehab" should be the person who proofs Show Tracker-it's Dr Drew PINSKY! And I think this show has officially jumped the shark-there's no one anyone has really heard of before on it. (Jeremy London is not even Z-list, Tila Tequila is yesterday's news, and I doubt anyone outside of the tabloids has ever heard of Shauna Sand, the oil man and Jason Wahler).

I think MTV/VH1 are vultures in this scenario. It is NOT OK to mess with people's lives for a TV show.

Rehab should be off-limits as a reality show - period.

According to her website, Tequila IS on the show.

I'm disgusted by the premise of the show: exploiting people in the throes of addiction, and presumably making questionable choices because of that addiction (not the least of which is dubious decision to lay bare their personal problems) for entertainment.

Tila Tequila is not participating in CR4. She is going on a massive "UK Tour" and she claims she has been "Clean for months" and "getting private help from her doctor." I call BULLSHIT, but cool, lets just let the UK officials deal with her drugged out ass.

This whole thing is So Scripted. It's as made up as wrestling. This show sucks and it's not cool to misrepresent people who don't really have any other addiction than fame. So Sad. I know some of the cast members, and I know what's not true and true. And the cast members are getting paid. Not a volutary thing.

I wonder how effective taking rehab public could be for these stars? Will it really help their careers? Will it be enough humiliation for them to stop their harmful behavior? I am curious about the long term effects. It seems to me that when a celebrity has their adoring public exposed to their personal lives it would form more of a support group for them. It would also help others be more aware of their problems and keep them away from temptation.


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