• Mon, Jul 19 2010

Trump Badmouths Rachel Uchitel For Choosing Rehab Over ‘Celebrity Apprentice’

Gothamist reports that Donald Trump is so totally over Rachel Uchitel as a potential Celebrity Apprentice cast member, now that she’s appearing on Celebrity Rehab. I mean, seriously — what do people think they can do, just hop around from one reality show to another?

That aside, though, Trump’s comments about her choosing “Rehab” over “Apprentice” are still so very wrong. According to Gothamist:

“Once upon a time, Donald Trump wanted to have Rachel Uchitel, the NYC nightclub “hostess” and Tiger Woods mistress, on Celebrity Apprentice. But now that she’s appearing in the new season of Celebrity Rehab (she’s the “Infamous Party Planner”), she’s damaged goods. Trump told TMZ, “It’s a terrible decision. We have zero interest in her now… Uchitel is allegedly being paid $500,000 for her rehab stint, so she can probably live with her ‘mistake.’”

First of all, there’s the implied suggestion that one has a choice between doing rehab or doing some other gig. I know that the concept behind rehab has been repeatedly besmirched by celebrities who treat it like a vacation/way to get more movie roles/joke, but back in the real world rehab is supposed to be something you focus on completely, trumping (sorry) all other commitments and acting as the bane of your existence so you can get better. After that, there’s Trump’s not thinly veiled suggestion that on top of making a bad decision by choosing to kick whatever addiction she may or may not have, she’s being punished for it: “We have zero interest in her now…”

Unfortunately, though, all of my righteous indignation is rendered moot by the fact that Uchitel is getting paid to be on the show. I’m pretty sure that a lot more people would suddenly have “addictions” if they got 500 g’s to recover for them. Shit, I could probably find something to be addicted to. I love baked goods. I think I have a problem.

But anyway — just to be clear, Dr. Drew, the host of Celebrity Rehab, is no better than Donald Trump. How non-Hippocratic oath can you get, Dr. Drew? Aren’t you supposed to try to do no harm? And isn’t coercing people who may really have legitimate addictions to go on TV with their most personal, intimate lives, thereby feeding the very void that probably caused them to both become famous in the first place as well as to develop an addiction, kind of contributing to the problem? And I’m sorry, but I feel terrible for Rachel Uchitel. I could give a shit about Tiger Woods. Uchitel lost her husband in the 9/11 attacks when she was only 26 years old. There’s a quote, in fact, from her in NY Magazine that sums up how she went from looking like a fresh-faced college kid to a hardened Vegas big shot: “When you lose your whole future,” she says, “it’s something that changes you.”

And Dr. Drew, you think you’re helping her by paying her $500,000 to get trashed by haters on TV? Nice.

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