Adam Carolla on Obama's taxes, obese-shaming and Celebrity Rehab death Mindy McCready
Lets get off politics and talk about Loveline. What are some of your fond memories of the show?
Oh, boy. Just having a job that I would do for free -- for over a decade -- talking to one of the more interesting guys on the planet, Dr Drew.
What do you make of the allegations that came with Mindy McCready's death, that his show, Celebrity Rehab, exploits people's addictions at their own peril?
Look, he tries to help people, and some people he helps and some he can't help. It's basically free rehab for them. They choose to go on the show. I think if you asked most addicts if they'd like to have free, world-class care for their addiction, they'd take you up on it.
I don't even know what exploiting means. You tell me what that means.
Having a nefarious agenda that you're not upfront about?
What's nefarious about it? How is it exploitative?
Maybe that the show doesn't have the patient's best interest at heart -- that having their therapy televised, when fame is so tied up in psychology, is counter-intuitive.
Let's put it this way, [host of Extreme Home Makeover] Ty Pennington shows up at the lady's house who's a single mom with five kids and one of them's asthmatic. And he's going to build her a brand-new home. Do you think he's doing it because he likes her?
Exactly. He's exploiting her. But, do you want to ask her if she'll take a free house? It was her decision. Do you not want her to have a free house?
Well, a free house and drug-treatment therapy aren't the same thing.
We're talking about exploitation here. Do you think ABC is giving her a free house because they like her? They're doing it to get ratings. But she gets a free house. Dr. Drew is doing it to get ratings, but you get free rehab. You chose, and you're getting your free service, that's the way I see it.
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