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Man behind 'Celebrity Rehab' now regrets show

Aug. 8, 2011 at 2:01 PM ET

The man who first came up with the idea for “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew” wouldn’t share his concept for the show if he had it all to do over again.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Bob Forrest, known best to “Rehab” viewers as an on-screen counselor, explained why he first pitched the show and why he now regrets it.

"I came into work one day and I was so angry," Forrest said of his early motivation for the project. "People were saying rehab is a joke. Rehab is a real thing. I've lived in it and worked in it for 20 years and … we need to fight back. Rehab needs to be on television ‘cause America's so dumb it needs to see it."

Forrest convinced addiction medicine specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky of that, too, and the rest is TV history — whether Forrest likes it or not.

“If I had to do it all over again I don’t think I’d walk into the office and say we should do this show,” he explained to the Times. “I don’t like the editing of it. I don’t like that they show the same thing over and over again. I don’t like what it’s become technically.”

While Forrest can’t undo the reality TV hit, he might not have to worry about it for much longer. In June, Radar Online reported that Pinsky is just too busy to keep “Rehab” going.

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