Michaele Salahi Booted From Celebrity Rehab...Because She Didn't Need Rehab!

Her brand of issues apparently was not what Dr. Drew was looking for

By Natalie Finn Mar 09, 2011 3:30 AMTags
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The controversy is usually over whether a celeb's problems require more than Celebrity Rehab has to offer.

Not whether the celeb doesn't have enough to offer the show.

But that's apparently why former Real Housewives of D.C. matron Michaele Salahi was more or less fired by Dr. Drew Pinsky today.

"The treatment program that Celebrity Rehab documents is intended for individuals with serious substance abuse and addiction issues," VH1 said in a statement to E! News. "Prior to the taping of the current season, producers were advised that Michaele Salahi met the criteria to be treated in this setting. However, professional assessments spanning from that time to the present, found that she did not meet such criteria. 

"As a result, she is no longer participating in the program."

A rep for Salahi said yesterday that the self-proclaimed philanthropist, who didn't appear to suffer from addiction during Real Housewives, was hoping Dr. Drew would "be able to assist her about everything she has endured over the last year."

Salahi revealed in September that she suffers from multiple sclerosis, a degenerative disease that attacks nerve cells around the brain and spinal cord.

Dr. Drew did a full medical workup on Salahi and she is doing fine, a production source told Radar Online. But apparently she and her husband are pretty pissed!

"She was really leaning on Dr. Drew, who is a respected doctor to get her through some of the issues after the White House, when she went to Congress, when she went into relapse with her multiple sclerosis," Tareq Salahi told Radar.

"My wife takes her health situation very seriously, she has a real diagnosis of multiple sclerosis," he continued. "You know, we can show you a bunch of emails about what they wanted her to pretend to be, therefore, but that's going to come out later on with one of the major networks."

Now that sounds like the camera-adoring gate-crashers we know and love!

(Originally published March 8, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. PT)

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