Now here’s a winning combination: Kiefer Sutherland and Jose Cuervo tequila. Yes, the liquor company has hired a functioning alcoholic as their spokesperson. (Never mind that Sutherland prefers J&B scotch with a Coca Cola chaser.) Kiefer has been a binge drinker for years and served 48 days in jail for multiple DUIs. Booze has lured the “24” actor into bar brawls, stripping in public, (click HERE to see the infamous pants-down photo) and assaulting Christmas trees in hotel lobbies. Kiefer, 46, survived with his career intact because he’s so darn likeable when he’s sober. And he never misses a day of work. Is it ethical for a liquor company to have an alcoholic spokesperson? Or is it a brilliant idea?
(The Cuervo ad above features the suave Kiefer, not the falling down drunk Kiefer.)
It’s about time. At long last the appalling woman known as “Tan Mom,” Patricia Krentcil, has been locked up in detox! She became a loudmouth public figure when she was accused of putting her then five year old daughter into a New Jersey tanning bed. It turned out that Krentcil’s REAL problem is alcohol. This woman has been capitalizing on her fame by making a huge fool of herself doing public appearances and incoherent interviews and nobody stops her. She has FIVE children from the ages of 5 to 19 that she is humiliating and no doubt neglecting. Her so-called husband has remained silent and allowed the circus to continue. This weekend she was intoxicated on a Delta flight in Minneapolis and cops took her to detox. Hopefully, social services will check on her children.
It’s sad to remember how promising Edward Furlong’s career once was- he was an appealing actor in 1998 when he starred in American History X. Alcoholism and drug addiction – not to mention smoking 3 packs a day – ravaged his once good looks. That and problems with the law and his marriage have sidelined his career and the movies he does go straight to DVD. Now 35, Edward was photographed leaving The Rainbow on Sunset Strip with a woman who looks like his estranged wife Rachael. She also resembles the late Jeff Conaway’s girlfriend.
Photo Credit: Pacific Coast News
If there’s anyone you can count on for falling “off the wagon” spectacularly at regular intervals – it’s Keifer Sutherland. According to Mike Walker at the National Enquirer, the “24” actor got playful at the posh Petit Ermitage in West Hollywood after imbibing heavily at the bar. He started randomly grabbing puzzled people by the cheeks and pushing their faces into distorted shapes and then laughing hysterically at the goofy results. Eventually one irritated guy not only resisted, he threatened to punch Keifer in the face, and the giggling actor finally backed off.
The fact that his wife Alicia Etheridge was hospitalized after having a seizure doesn’t bode well for Bobby Brown’s recovery. Despite her hospitalization, Bobby performed that same night with The New Edition at a Florida resort. (He obviously wasn’t too worried.) Keep in mind, just a few days ago, he checked out of rehab himself after only three weeks of treatment. In spite of his apparent alcoholism (DUI included) Alicia married Bobby ten weeks ago. Since seizures often indicate substance abuse, it looks like Bobby has another problematic wife. His ex-wife Whitney Houston famously died from a drug overdose. People seem to keep marrying the same person, don’t they?
Can’t say we’re the LEAST bit surprised to hear that Bobby Brown checked into rehab. Remember he was arrested for DUI in March when he was stopped for driving while talking on his cell phone. A few months before that, we told you we got into a Beverly Hills elevator with Bobby, his then fiancée Alicia Etheridge, and their young son, (Bobby’s 6th child) and although it was only 12 noon, Bobby REEKED of alcohol. What DOES surprise us is the fact that his girlfriend Alicia MARRIED him anyway, two months ago. Why would anyone marry an apparent alcoholic? We’re surprised that she didn’t push him into rehab before the wedding. What’s wrong with these people? So far there are no details on where or how he is getting treatment.
Today we squeezed into a crowded elevator at a Beverly Hills parking structure. As we rode up we heard a guy in the back laughing and playing with a little boy. We also smelled alcohol, and it was only 12:30 in the afternoon! As the doors opened a man a woman and a little boy got off and as the guy turned to take the child’s hand, we recognized Whitney Houston’s exhusband Bobby Brown (he was with his fiancee Alicia Etheridge and their toddler Cassius.) Bobby seemed happy and looked like a doting dad, but he did REEK of alcohol…
Apparently Madonna isn’t the only celebrity with a brother on skid row. Mike Walker in The Enquirer reports that Drew Barrymore has a half brother named John Barrymore III who is homeless in downtown Los Angeles. In fact, he’s walking around wearing a t-shirt that says “I’M DREW BARRYMORE’S BROTHER” and he can prove it. Poor Drew comes from a famous acting family that is plagued with alcoholism, drug addiction, and mental illness. Drew ended up supporting her own father John Barrymore Jr in his later derelict years but she’s not close to her older half brother, whose mother was actress Cara Williams.
We loved writing about the soap opera life of Amy Winehouse before she tragically died of alcohol poisoning last July, and we appreciated her original style. In the five years after she released her huge album “Back to Black” she didn’t seem to do much singing, but 12 songs from various recording sessions over the last decade, including a duet with Tony Bennett, are featured in her new posthumous album released today. The album, “Lioness: Hidden Treasures,” is getting good reviews and reminds us of what a one-of-a-kind talent we lost.
Jessica Simpson has given up alcohol for the duration of her pregnancy and it’s NOT EASY because her family loves cocktails. So naturally, she asked everyone around her to give it up too. That includes her fiancee Eric Johnson, who enjoyed drinking vodka with Jessica. Jessica’s father Joe gave up his whiskey and her mother Tina gave up Margaritas – at least when Jessica is around. Eric promised not to drink at all until Jessica can drink again.