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Lindsay Lohan Back in Rehab; Rosie O`Donnell Speaks Out

Aired May 29, 2007 - 23:00   ET


A. J. HAMMER, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT ANCHOR: Britney Spears`s shocking confessions about her marriage, rehab and hitting rock bottom. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.
BROOKE ANDERSON, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT ANCHOR: And the startling controversy over new graphic photos of Princess Diana as she lay dying after her car crash. I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood. TV`s most provocative entertainment news show starts right now.

HAMMER: On SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, Lindsay Lohan`s shocking meltdown. A frightening car crash, a stunning DUI arrest, a scary collapse caught on camera. Tonight, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT asks the tough questions. Who is to blame for all this? Could things actually get worse? SHOWBIZ TONIGHT investigates Lindsay`s disturbing freaky Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Rosie O`Donnell`s startling video about her exit from "The View."


ROSIE O`DONNELL, FORMERLY OF "THE VIEW": I was really just like a foster kid for a year.


HAMMER: Tonight, Rosie`s no holds barred feelings about her former View co-hosts, and what`s next. Plus, will anyone really care about the show anymore? SHOWBIZ TONIGHT with the dirty details of Rosie`s final feud and farewell.

Hello, I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.

ANDERSON: Hi there everyone. I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood. What a day this has been! From Rosie O`Donnell`s startling video blog about quitting "The View" to Britney Spears`s really unbelievable confession about hitting rock bottom. It`s all coming up.

HAMMER: But first tonight, Lindsay Lohan`s meltdown. Talk about hitting rock bottom. If there was ever a picture that told a story, this is it. Take a look, Lindsay Lohan passed out in a car after a wild weekend that began with a car accident, a DUI arrest and allegations of a cocaine connection. Tonight SHOWBIZ TONIGHT has confirmed that the hard partying 20-year-old is back in rehab and SHOWBIZ TONIGHT has the pictures, the video and the dramatic inside story on Lindsay hitting a new low.


HAMMER (voice-over): This is Lindsay Lohan slumped over in a car, mouth wide open just 48 hours after her DUI arrest. Almost unbelievably, as she sat there passed out, her tokens hailing her sobriety stint in rehab hang in front of her face, a scary sight, especially when you see what she looked like just moments before. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT obtained these pictures taken Monday around 4:00 in the morning. That`s Lindsay slumped to the ground, a bouncer trying to help her to her feet.

BEN WIDDICOMBE, "NEW YORK DAILY NEWS": She was at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in the early hours of Monday. Witnesses say she was there between 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. After she left at 4:00, she was barely able to stand.

HAMMER: Barely able to stand, but Lindsay, who`s only 20 and still under the legal drinking age, eventually made it to her friend`s car.

WIDDICOMBE: She was caught up by the paparazzi at a filling station and a lot of pictures were taken of Lindsay really seemingly passed out. She then got out of the car and appeared to vomit.

HAMMER: The night seemed to have gotten out of control. But SHOWBIZ TONIGHT can tell you that was just the tail end of what was a very wild weekend. Lohan was arrested on Saturday after police say she crashed her Mercedes convertible into a curb at 5:30 in the morning. Police say Lindsay and two friends ran away from the scene of the accident, Lindsay`s third car accident in the past two years.

Cops found them at the hospital where Lohan was being treated for minor injuries to her chest.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We also tracked down the driver, Ms. Lohan and she was subsequently arrested.

HAMMER: Lindsay was arrested, then released on suspicion of driving under the influence, a misdemeanor. But things could get worse. Investigators say they found what they believe to be cocaine at the scene. If that`s the case, Lindsay could face felony charges.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Preliminary investigation shows illegal narcotics.

HAMMER: Most people you might think would have gone home after that. But no, Lindsay kept partying.

HAMMER: Well, the party finely seems to be over. Lohan reportedly checked herself into the Promises rehab facility in Malibu, California, the same place Britney Spears went after her wild partying and public head shaving incident. Lohan did a month in a different facility in January and in an interview with "Allure Magazine" said, quote, "it`s so weird that I went to rehab. I always said I would die before I went to rehab."

Lindsay also said she had no intention of giving up her late night club hopping. She even told the magazine after a year of attending AA meetings, I don`t know that I`m necessarily an addict.

TOM O`NEIL, "IN TOUCH WEEKLY": The night before she checked out of rehab the last time, because it was a place like a hotel you could check in and out, she was out clubbing. She hadn`t even been out of rehab yet.

WIDDICOMBE: Every sign that we have from talking to her friends, from seeing her behavior, is that she hasn`t taken this seriously at all. So rehab is not new to her. She`s been in rehab before. The only question is will she go and mean it this time. Someone in her life needs to tell her, you need to commit and get better.

HAMMER: That person may very well be her estranged father Michael. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT obtained this interview with Michael Lohan, who himself has been convicted on DUI charges and just got out of jail an assault charge.

MICHAEL LOHAN, FATHER OF LINDSAY LOHAN: Too many people are around Lindsay because of what they can get from her, instead of Lindsay herself and caring about her. She`s not just a goose that laid the golden egg. She`s a child, a human being. And people just have the wrong motives. I wish that Dina, her mother, would get on the same page with me so that we can both be there as parents that Lindsay needs.

HAMMER: The women of "The View" were thinking the exact same thing today. They wanted to know where Dina, who is also Lindsay`s manager, has been.

BEHAR: Where are the adults? Where are the adults?


HAMMER: I`ve got to say that`s exactly what I`ve been asking as well. And I`ve also got to ask, is Lindsay`s once promising career in deep trouble now? And what`s it going to take for her to finally wake up and realize she`s a total mess. Joining me tonight from Hollywood, celebrity publicist Howard Bragman, in New York tonight psychiatrist, Doctor Gail Saltz.

Gail, Howard, it`s good to see you. I wish I could say I was surprised by the news when it came in about the wild weekend Lindsay had. You know, just this Wednesday, Lindsay is supposed to get under way with the shooting of the movie "Poor Things," starling Shirley Maclaine. We reached out to Shirley today. She simply had no comment. Howard, is Lindsay`s career in some serious trouble?

HOWARD BRAGMAN, 15 MINUTES PUBLIC RELATIONS: Deep doo-doo, as we say. It boils down to one word, A.J., and that`s insurability. Big productions are spending tens of millions of dollars making movies insure the fact that their actors are going to show up, be ready to work and be healthy and nobody wants to insure Lindsay right now. She`s considered a bad risk in the trade.

It`s a huge thing. It`s about the worst thing that can happen to you in this business.

HAMMER: This is exactly what some people have been suggesting it would perhaps take for her to get on the right track. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT has been beating the drums on this for weeks. We`ve been pointing out all the big warning signs that Lindsay was heading for this inevitable disaster, her partying, her carrying on. I have to say this is pretty lucky for her she didn`t kill anyone or hurt anyone or hurt herself or kill herself. But Gail, rehab obviously the right move, but just the beginning for her, isn`t it?

GAIL SALTZ, LICENSED CLINICAL PSYCHIATRIST: Rehab is only the first step. And as we`ve seen, rehab is not very meaningful unless the person in rehab is saying, wow, I am a substance abuser. I am an addict. I have big problems. I perhaps have psychiatric problems that I`m using the substance to mask, perhaps depression, perhaps anxiety. But whatever the case, unless that person owns up to their own issues and is willing to do the very painful work, I might add, of not only rehabilitation but psychiatrically understanding what`s going on and where it came from, then rehab isn`t really worth much.

HAMMER: No and we`ve all seen the revolving door of rehab that a lot of stars have been through. Lindsay now potentially among them, having already done a stint back in January. Howard, you mentioned the uninsurability that she now faces in Hollywood. She already has a pretty bad reputation out there. You know, she made the movie "Georgia Rule." That flopped.

The movie studio chief publicly chewed her out for her hard partying and the fact that she was coming to work late. What`s it going to take for her -- and realizing she`s just at the beginning of this. But what`s it going to take for her to rehabilitate her career and her reputation?

BRAGMAN: I think what Gail said is right, it has to come from within her. Clearly there were some issues with her upbringing. There`s issues with her life. But it has to come to her understanding of saying, I`m in a bad place and I have to fix it. And the challenge is for a 20-year-old who, doesn`t have patience, the biggest thing she needs is time.

She needs not weeks, not months, but really years to prove she`s sober, committed to acting and understand that she`s really a blessed person who`s really screwing up a really good thing here.

HAMMER: A lot of it, Howard, is going to come down to her behavior speaking for itself. And one of the great ironies here is the fact that if she does do this 30 days in rehab -- and let`s hope she sticks with it -- she`s going to be getting out rehab just a couple of days shy of when she actually finally turns the legal drinking age, 21. There was supposed to be a big party in Vegas for her birthday.

Gail, I would have to think throwing a party like that not such a good idea.

SALTZ: Unfortunately, the bottom line is, if you turn out to have a problem with alcohol, you cannot drink alcohol. You cannot drink any alcohol. You can`t be a little pregnant. So basically, unfortunately what it means is you have to really be around people who understand that. You have to understand that. You can`t be around people who are saying, come on, have a drink, it`s your birthday. You have to say, I`m not drinking.

And you need to surround yourself with people who can support you in that.

HAMMER: Yes, unfortunately if her behavior before is any indication, we saw her out in the clubs after she got out of rehab the first time. So who knows if she`s actually on track to get things done the right way this time. Well, Gail Saltz, Howard Bragman, we`re going to talk to you a little later on in the program. We appreciate you being here tonight.

BRAGMAN: Thanks, A.J.

ANDERSON: And now we want to hear from you about this. It`s our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT question of the day, Lindsay Lohan`s wild weekend, do you feel sorry for her. Vote at Send us an e-mail, SHOWBIZ Listen to this, you can stay on top of the latest and most provocative entertainment news stories and find out what we`re working on by signing up for the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT newsletter.

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All right a lot more on Lindsay`s sad and shocking weekend. Straight ahead at 31 past the hour, Lindsay Lohan`s dad, Michael Lohan, I have his desperate plea and the surprising way he thinks he can turn his daughter`s life around. That`s coming up.

HAMMER: And listen to this, do you think Lindsay Lohan could possibly learn a thing or two from her hard partying pal Britney Spears? Coming up I have Brit`s disturbing confessions, all about her marriage, rehab and the fact that she hit rock bottom. We`ve also got this.


O`DONNELL: Did E.H. send you apologies? She called and Kelly and her spoke for a long time. I haven`t spoken to her and I probably won`t. And I think it`s just as well.


ANDERSON: Rosie O`Donnell`s startling video about her exit from "The View." I have Rosie`s no holds barred feelings about her former co-host in a bit.


HAMMER: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York and you`re watching TV`s most provocative entertainment news show. So talk about awkward, today was the first day back for "The View" after Rosie O`Donnell shocked everyone and quit the show on Friday, leaving three weeks before her contract was up. Apparently she had just had it, fighting with Elizabeth Hasselbeck on-air last week over the war in Iraq.

Well today, the ladies tried to pass the whole thing off as a big love fest, but I don`t think anyone`s kissed and made up just yet.


BARBARA WALTERS, "THE VIEW": I will always -- we will alwaysbe be grateful to Rosie for her contribution this year. She`s welcome to come back any time she wants and we hope that it will be often.

ELIZABETH HASSELBACK, "THE VIEW": This weekend we were in w communication a lot.

JOY BEHAR, "THE VIEW": You were?

HASSELBACK: We were in communication. And, you know, I think this weekend gave us the opportunity to tackle our most important hot topic yet, and that was the power of forgiveness. And I believe that we`ve begun that process. So now that enables us to move on in a very positive way. So I`m really happy about that.


ANDERSON: So Elizabeth says she and Rosie are working on forgiveness and moving on, but what Rosie is saying on her own website, her blog, well, not so rosy. In fact, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT can tell you, despite Barbara Walters` open invitation for Rosie to come back and visit anytime she wants, that probably won`t happen anytime soon, if ever.

With us in New York, CNN "American Morning" contributor Lola Ogunnaike and from Hollywood, TV Guide contributor Mary Murphy. Welcome to you both.

All right, over the weekend Rosie posted a startling and really rambling video blog on her website. And we will show a lot of that to you throughout the show. On that video blog, Rosie seemed to indicate that she may never, ever speak to Elizabeth again. Listen to this.


O`DONNELL: Did E.H. send you apologies? She called and Kelly and her spoke for a long time. And I haven`t spoken to her and I probably won`t. And I think it`s just as well. I wrote her an e-mail and she wrote me back and there you have it.


ANDERSON: Lolo, you guest hosted on "The View." You sat right there at the table with the two of them, sat next to Rosie. Were you surprised it got as ugly as it did?

LOLA OGUNNAIKE, CNN AMERICAN MORNING CONTRIBUTOR: I have to say I actually am surprised that it got this ugly and it got this personal because when I was there in October, everyone was getting along. Granted that was still the honeymoon phase and Rosie had just been there all of a month and I think both were working really hard to make this work, but ultimately it just didn`t. I think they both have very strong opinions. They`re both very strong women and neither of them was backing down. And it just came to a head.

ANDERSON: Yes, they became very combative with each other. And on "The View," Barbara Walters said there are no hard feelings with Rosie. She`s welcome back any time. Forgive me for being a little bit cynical here, but when something ends bitterly, Mary, I don`t know about you, but it`s hard for me to believe that everything is just fine, everybody`s happy.

MARY MURPHY, TV GUIDE: That`s what Rosie unmasked with that blog. She made it clear that what we see is not what`s really going on with "The View." And I think that that blog says a lot about the infighting. And every single thing that we don`t want to see women do they are now doing on "The View."

It`s not just about Rosie and Elizabeth. It`s about the whole thing the last few years. And truly it`s so sad that this has happened, because the whole point of "The View" was for women to talk to each other in an intelligent and interesting way.

ANDERSON: Right and you hope women can do that and it doesn`t explode into a situation like this. Rosie was on the show nine months. And on her video blog, she made it clear that really she said she never felt like part of the family, that she really fit in. Listen to this.


O`DONNELL: Enjoyed your view, isn`t it a bit like taking your toys and going home, says Margaret. Well, no. They`re not my toys. They`re -- I was really just like a foster kid for a year. I came and, you know, we considered adoption but I didn`t really fit into the family. And now it`s the time for the foster kid to go back home and frankly --

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You came, you saw, you left.

O`DONNELL: It wasn`t my toys. It was their toys.


O`DONNELL: OK, even in the weeks before the on-air spat, Rosie and Elizabeth had always made it clear they make a concerted effort to spend time with one another outside the show, that they`re friends. Lola, where did it all go so wrong?

OGUNNAIKE: Well, I think Rosie really feels like she was treated like the foster child. But in fact, I think Rosie was treated like an extremely special child. When she got there, she was allowed to make a lot of changes to the show. They really indulged her. I think the more and more indulged she was, the more and more powerful she grew, the more she felt entitled is to say whatever the hell she wanted.

You don`t play nice with your cast mates and call them a coward on air and call them stupid. She resorted to calling Elizabeth names. That`s not cooperation. That`s not teamwork. That`s not how you treat someone that you have to sit an hour with every day, every morning. It just didn`t work out. I think that`s what went wrong when Rosie began to be very disrespectful to Elizabeth and Elizabeth decided that she wasn`t going to take it anymore.

ANDERSON: And very controversial too. You know, frankly, at times people think that Rosie became too mean. Mary, what can she do next to appeal to people? Or does she have to be appealing? People don`t have to like her to want to watch her, right?

MURPHY: No, they don`t. In fact, as we know, the ratings just spiked this year. Every time Rosie had a controversy there were higher ratings. I think, first of all, if Rosie is going to do a TV show, she has to do it alone, because one of the reasons she felt like a foster child is that she was so much larger than life, she wanted to dominate the show. And she didn`t fit in because she wouldn`t fit in.


MURPHY: So she needs to do her own talk show or maybe she needs to do this show on FX that Ryan Murphy has been trying to create for her.

ANDERSON: That`s true. She was great on his show "Nip/Tuck." We`ll see what she does next. Mary Murphy, Lola Ogunnaike, thank you both for joining us.

By the way, about Elizabeth saying on "The View" today that she and Rosie spoke a lot this weekend. Well not really, according to Rosie. On her blog late today, Rosie said they only had, quote, one e-mail exchange. Coming up a little later, I`m going to play much more of Rosie`s personal videos about leaving "The View."

HAMMER: It is hard to believe, Brooke, it`s been ten years since Princess Diana`s tragic and horrific death. Well, there`s a startling new controversy over a TV documentary that shows Princess Di just moments before her car crash, dying. That`s coming up next.

I`ll also have Britney Spears`s shocking confession about her marriage, rehab, hitting rock bottom.

Plus, can Lindsay Lohan, after her weekend meltdown, learn something from Britney.

We`ve also got this.


M. LOHAN: Lindsay, I`ve been trying to get this message to you for a long time. I`m here for you. I love you. And this is about love and forgiveness, nothing else. I`m your father and that`s all that matters to me is being your father.


ANDERSON: Lindsay`s dad, Michael Lohan. His desperate plea and the surprising way he thinks he can turn his daughter`s life around and save her from herself.


HAMMER: I find this next story really hard to believe. You know it`s been nearly ten years since Princess Diana died in that horrific car crash in Paris. Di, Dodi al Fayed and their driver Henri Paul, were all killed after slamming into a tunnel while being pursued by the paparazzi. That was back on August 31st, 1997.

Well now there`s a shocking controversy brewing over a new English documentary, the TV special called "Diana: The Witnesses in the Tunnel" shows startling, graphic images of the crash, including one picture where a doctor is actually seen giving the injured princess oxygen through a mask. So, yes, a lot of people are outraged over this.


RICHARD FITZWILLIAMS, ROYAL COMMENTATOR: It is a particularly sick gimmick. They`re only interested in extraordinary amounts of publicity and that they have already got.

ED VAIZEY, SHADOW BROADCAST MINISTER: If they decided to blackout Diana`s face because they recognize the photographs are sensitive, then they shouldn`t show the photographs at all. I don`t think they can have their cake and eat it.


HAMMER: You can imagine there`s a push to get the program pulled, so it won`t hurt Diana`s sons, Princes Harry and William. But Channel 4, which is the station set to air the show, says it had, quote, carefully and sensitively selected the pictures. This documentary is scheduled to air June 6th.

ANDERSON: Britney Spears, A.J., opening up like you`ve never heard before. Her disturbing confessions about her marriage, rehab, even hitting rock bottom. Plus, can Lindsay Lohan, who just had a horrible weekend, with a car crash, a possible DUI arrest, actually learn something from Britney? That`s next.

Plus, Michael Lohan, Lindsay`s estranged dad. I`ve got his desperate plea, and the surprising way he thinks he can turn his daughter`s life around and save her from herself. Also this.


O`DONNELL: I never tried harder to be friends with someone than I did with her.


HAMMER: You will not want to miss this. More of Rosie O`Donnell`s startling video about her exit from "The View," her no holds barred feelings on her former View co-host raw and uncensored coming up on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.



HAMMER: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT for Tuesday night. It`s 30 minutes past the hour. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.

ANDERSON: And I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood. You are watching TV`s most provocative entertainment news show.

HAMMER: Still to come tonight, Brooke, as you know, today was the very first time that "The View" was live since Rosie O`Donnell decided to leave. Now, Rosie is not on the show anymore, but she is still getting her view across.


ROSIE O`DONNELL: Did E.H. send you apologies? She called and Kelly and her spoke for a long time. And I haven`t spoken to her and I probably won`t and I think it`s just as well.


HAMMER: Coming up, Rosie`s video blog, she goes off on the feud, what she really thinks about Elisabeth, there`s even a mention of her old friend Donald Trump. You will not want to miss this one. It`s on the way.

ANDERSON: Also A.J., what a weekend for Lindsay Lohan, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT has confirmed she has checked into rehab now, capping off that really wild, dangerous couple of days. But there may be hope for Lindsay.

Straight ahead, we`re taking a look at stars from Stevie Nicks to Robert Downey, Jr., who have come out of rehab better and stronger than ever to see what Lindsay can learn from them. It looks like Lindsay`s stay at rehab this time will be pretty intense. says Lohan`s lawyer drove her to Promises in Malibu. That is where Britney Spears went. And that she`ll be an inpatient for possibly 30 days.

TMZ says Lindsay will be in an outpatient program after her inpatient stay for much longer, the 30 days. This rehab stay comes after Lindsay was photographed, look at this, apparently passed out in the passenger seat of a car less than 48 hours after she was arrested on suspicion of DUI after running her Mercedes into a curb. Police say they found what they believe to be cocaine at the scene. The tentative date for her arraignment is August 24.

You know, Lindsay probably needs some support at this chaotic time in her life and she`s being offered it from her estranged father. Michael Lohan reportedly hasn`t spoken to his daughter for years. He`s a recovering alcoholic and spent time behind bars for assault. A local news crew in New York caught up with him. Here`s what he had to say, in his own words.


MICHAEL LOHAN, LINDSAY LOHAN`S FATHER: I just really -- I`ve been saying this all along. It just really bothers me too many people are around Lindsay because of what they can get from her instead of Lindsay herself and caring about her. She`s not just the goose that laid the golden egg. She`s a child, a human being, and people just have the wrong motives and intentions. I`m just tired of it. I really am.

I just wish her mother, Deena, her mother, would get on the same page as me so we can both be there as parents that Lindsay needs. And, obviously, that she wants in her life. All the deception and the lies have just compounded and they`re just -- they`re snowballing. And this was inevitable. And it`s going to continue until people right the wrongs instead of compound them.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: If you could get a message to her, what would you tell her?

LOHAN: Lindsay, I`ve been trying to get this message to you for a long time. I`m here for you. I love you. And this is about love and forgiveness, nothing else. I`m your father and that`s all that matters to me is being your father. I don`t want anything from you, but to be there for you. I never did, honey, and you know that.

Unfortunately, other people have different motives and I`m sorry for that. But, you know what, you`re the most important thing in my life and I`m sure in mommy`s life, and in your brother`s and sister`s life. We just want to all be there for you. Please, honey, just -- just get in touch with me, and let`s get this right, all right? I love you.


ANDERSON: Lindsay`s father also said she has to find a faith-based program to find God and straighten out.

HAMMER: If you think about it, right now, Lindsay is at a point where Britney Spears was just a few months ago. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT can tell you that Britney is speaking out like never before. In a dramatic new letter to her fans that she released today on her website. Listen to some of what she had to say.

"Recently I was sent to a very humbling place called rehab. I truly hit rock bottom. Till this day, I don`t think that it was alcohol or depression. I was like a bad kid running round with ADD. I was so overwhelmed I think that I was in a little shock, too. I didn`t who to go to.I confess, I was so lost."

Well, tonight, we`re asking could Lindsay Lohan possibly learn some lessons from Britney Spears. With us again tonight, from Hollywood, Howard Bragman from Fifteen Minutes Public Relations. In New York, psychologist Doctor Gail Saltz.

Good to have you both here once again.

So, Gail, Britney admitting, and quite stunningly that she hit rock bottom. This is a very candid Britney we`re hearing now. Does Lindsay need to do exactly the same thing as Britney, make that admission before she can really move forward?

GAIL SALTZ, PSYCHOLOGIST: Let me say first of all while Britney says I hit rock bottom, she also says, I doesn`t think it was alcohol and I don`t think it was depression. You have to wonder about those statements.

HAMMER: You`re still hearing some denial, is what you`re saying?

SALTZ: I still hear denial, exactly. Can Lindsay learn from Britney? I think the message here is that being a celebrity child, basically, is highly stressful and, unfortunately, you`re surrounded by a lot of people who say there are no rules. So there`s a tremendous sort of entitlement and feelings of invincibility. And that`s a bad mixture.

The mixture ends in a lot of substance abuse. There`s a lot of substance abuse in young women who start as child stars. So I suppose that`s a lesson. But I wouldn`t want to see someone who`s struggling turn to someone else who is still struggling and say, what can I learn from you.

HAMMER: All right. Well, let`s assume, then, for the sake of argument Britney is somehow making an attempt at honesty here.


HAMMER: Howard, you`re a PR guru. The stars come to you when they have difficulties, going through tough times. You always preach honesty right here on the show. You told us that`s how you tell your clients it`s the best way to handle things. Just as we believe Britney is attempting to come clean, is that a lesson for Lindsay as well?

HOWARD BRAGMAN, FIFTEEN MINUTES PUBLIC RELATIONS: I don`t want Britney to be Lindsay`s role model. People who are truly in recovery don`t talk about 30 and 60 days out. They talk three years, five years, 10 years out.

And I`ve talked about it before. I think she may not be addicted to the substances. I think she`s addicted to the attention, which she sort of acknowledged. I think this is just another, I`ve been so well behaved, nobody has noticed me, now notice me. I think it was another cry for attention.

HAMMER: I want to read more of what Britney says in this very candid letter.

She also says: "I am 25 and I do still have a lot to learn, and I am going to make mistakes everyday. And I am sure every mistake I make will probably be on CNN or `Good Morning America.` I am only human people. And I love you for still loving me."

Well, there`s a cry for attention right there.

Gail, it sound to me like Britney is asking her fans basically to sympathize with her. Is this kind of a confessional, self-cleansing, a good thing, number one for Britney? And could it be a good thing for Lindsay who also, as we`ve seen, has been in denial all this time?

SALTZ: I think for the most part this kind of work has to be done, again, privately. It`s not -- I mean, look, I understand for work purposes it may be about your public image. But for private purposes it really needs to be being honest with yourself. And I think it`s really hard to be honest with yourself when you`re mostly concerned about what your viewers think, what the industry thinks.

In the end, for my part, I`m a psychiatrist. I would want to se these young women get healthy. I would be concerned that the substance abuse is quite real. When your father is an alcoholic, it`s runs in the family. It`s genetic, substance abuse.

I would be concerned about what is a life threatening illness. Substance abuse is. I would say these women have to be honest with themselves, more so than what kind of letter they write on the web. It may work for them professionally. And if it helps them to be more honest with themselves, that`s terrific.

By the way, it`s OK to be in a little denial because it may come out a little at a time. You don`t have to cleanse yourself all at once. That`s not likely to happen. Basically, in the end, this person has to be able to be honest with themselves about what`s really going on and the depths to which they sunk.

HAMMER: Howard, let me ask you very quickly, because we talked about the fact before the Britney`s comeback has been a little rocky. And perhaps not so well thought out. Do you see a letter like this and think maybe she gets it a little more and is on the right track?

BRAGMAN: I hope so. Only time is going to show that she really gets it. And I`d just like her to -- I would like to see her at the grocery store with her kids. I`d like to see her at an amusement park pushing them in the swing, something simple, something loving. I would love to see her be a good mother first. And I think all good will come from that.

HAMMER: I think none of this is anything to joke about, whether it is Britney or Lindsay. And we wish them both the best.

Howard Bragman from Fifteen Minutes PR. Doctor Gail Saltz, we appreciate you both being here tonight.

SALTZ: Thank you.

BRAGMAN: Thank you.

HAMMER: So, Brooke, this actually could end up being the best thing that ever happened to Lindsay Lohan. She finally is in a place where maybe she`ll get some help. If you look at stars like Stevie nicks, Robert Downey, Jr., definitely proof that stars can get over their addictions and they can come back stronger than ever. We`re going to be taking a look at how the successful stars did it, and what Lindsay can learn from them, coming up. Also, this:


O`DONNELL: I never tried harder to be friends with someone than I did with her.


HAMMER: Rosie O`Donnell in her own words. What she really thinks about Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and the feud that made her leave "The View" straight ahead.

And the dads are back. Remember Eddie Murphy in "Daddy Day Care"? Well, in the sequel, there`s a new dad in charge. We`ll show you who it is, coming up in SHOWBIZ first look at "Daddy Day Camp".


ANDERSON: Rosie O`Donnell may be off "The View" but she`s still talking through her very own video blog. Rosie really let loose with her hair and makeup artist Helene, by her side, about the way things ended on "The View" for her. All the drama over the past year, addressing her nemesis Donald Trump, that split screen during her feud with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and whether they have made peace with one another. Check it out, Rosie`s video blog.


O`DONNELL: "Did E.H. send you apologies?" She called and Kelly and her spoke for a long time. And I haven`t spoken to her and I probably won`t. And I think it`s just as well. And I wrote her an e-mail and she wrote me back and there you have it. It was shocking to me in a lot of ways.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It was shocking and it was sad. I felt very sad.

O`DONNELL: Well, you know, when you do -- yes, the difference is, when you`re in a Broadway show, that spirit of community and teamwork -- and that somebody makes a mistake, you cover their line. Everybody works in unison together for one common goal.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: But I thought everybody did that.

O`DONNELL: No, no. It doesn`t work that way. But television, no matter what, there`s such a line between fake and real and, you know, I think --

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It`s not meant to be --

O`DONNELL: "The View," what we brought to it that was difference this year, what us, the four women did together is we were pretty real. Barbara and I had a fight, involved Donald Trump, we talked about it.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There was lots of drama.

O`DONNELL: There was drama, you know.


O`DONNELL: OK. "Did you ever enjoy Elisabeth? I love you, and hope to meet you."

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I enjoyed her. But we were very girlie, talking about clothes and hair and stuff. I enjoyed her.

O`DONNELL: I can say this. I never tried harder to be friends with someone than I did with her, from the get-go, but I don`t think we ended up there anywhere close.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Well, perhaps you`re not very compatible.

O`DONNELL: Correct. Which is sad --


O`DONNELL: "Enjoyed your view. Isn`t it a bit like taking your toys and going home," says Margaret?

Well, no, they`re not my toys. They`re -- I was really just like the foster kid for a year. I came and, you know, we considered adoption but I didn`t really fit into the family and then it was time for the foster kid to go back home. And frankly --

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You came, you saw, you left.

O`DONNELL: Yeah, it wasn`t my choice. It was their choice.


O`DONNELL: Yeah, I don`t know.

"But more to do with the producers splitting the screen and refusing to go to commercial." Oh, that`s true. When I saw the split screen that`s when I knew it was over, seriously. In the corner of my eye, in one of the monitors, I saw a split screen and I thought to myself, that is --

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: People said it was like Jerry Springer.



ANDERSON: Very honest video blog from Rosie.

Last week, we asked you to vote on our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT question of the day -- Rosie vs. Elisabeth, did "The View" feud get too personal? And 78 percent of you say yes. Only 22 percent of you say no.

Some of the e-mails we received, Nancy from Texas writes: "Elisabeth alienated Rosie. She provoked the throw down. She is young and not experienced and it shows."

Gena from Florida saying: "How can you say it`s too personal? We`ve heard Rosie spout off about everything personal in her life since she started."

HAMMER: What a wild ride it was for Lindsay Lohan over the weekend. But the arrest and the collapse, all the drama could actually end up being the best thing that ever happened to her, if her time in rehab works.

There are plenty of celebrities who have had success beating their addictions. Tonight, I`m revealing what Lindsay can learn from those who are taking it one day at a time following stints in rehab.


STEVIE NICKS, SINGER: Both times I went into rehab, I knew. Nobody had to tell me. I said, book me into Betty Ford.

HAMMER (voice over): Stevie Nicks front woman of the `70s super group Fleetwood Mac getting candid with SHOWBIZ TONIGHT about her nearly deadly battle with cocaine and the powerful tranquilizer Klonopin; and how rehab literally saved her life.

NICKS: I didn`t want to change. I didn`t want to stop doing it what I was doing. People tried to talk to me, and I didn`t really listen to anybody.

HAMMER: By the late 1980s, Nicks says her addiction to cocaine was so strong, that the drug had burned a hole in her nose. In 1986, she went straight to the Betty Ford Clinic.

NICKS: I unfortunately think that you have to make your own mistakes.

HAMMER: Fresh out of treatment, a psychiatrist put Nicks on Klonopin, the same drug Anna Nicole Smith was given to treat panic attacks. Stevie says took Klonopin for eight years and was under the influence at Bill Clinton`s 1993 inaugural bash. It was that high-profile moment that drove Nicks to a second stint in treatment.

NICKS: Nobody makes you go to rehab. Believe me, you make yourself go to rehab. Nobody makes you aware that you have a problem. You`re the person that gets up out of bed one morning, and says, I -- this is -- things are going to change.

HAMMER: Stevie`s not the only star to know and beat crippling addictions. Robert Downey, Jr. spent most of the 1990s in and out of southern California courtrooms, jails and rehab centers, hooked on cocaine, alcohol and methamphetamines. Downey couldn`t come to grips with his addiction.

ROBERT DOWNEY, JR.: You know, there`s a reason it is listed in American medical -- you know, in books as a disease.

HAMMER: The headline-making bouts with rehab eventually worked for Downey, who is now clean and sober and working in movies like "Zodiac", where he ironically plays a cross-addicted reporter.

On "Larry King Live" Downey talked about the second chance he`s been given at sobriety.

DOWNEY: Part of it is that is largely a moral issue, but I think once you have an opportunity to get the help you need, to get out of it, you just have to remember that sometimes that train doesn`t come back around for seven years. It is very specific how many chances you get.

HAMMER: Danny Bonaduce knows all about second chances. Bonaduce went from squeaky clean conniver on "The Partridge Family" to a conniving homeless addict when the show went off the air.

BONADUCE: I was on "The Partridge Family" then I lived between the dumpsters at Grauman`s Chinese.

HAMMER: Danny did countless stints at rehab centers and detox facilities before finally going on the straight and narrow. He`s now open and honest about his addictions on the VH1 reality show, "Breaking Bonaduce."

BONADUCE: It`s my nature to fall. And I pray that I can be forgiven.

HAMMER: Danny told SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s Brooke Anderson that as many as 90 percent of rehab patients fall off the wagon. So for him, every day is a statistical victory. Sobriety is something he takes one day at a time.

BONADUCE: You and I could wrap up this show and go have a cocktail like civilized people. And I could go home and life would be fine. The next day I think, well, I`ll have two. And within three months to a year I`d be in jail somewhere, that`s just the way it goes. So, no, in the long run, I can`t have just one drink.

HAMMER: "Different Strokes" actor Todd Bridges hit rock bottom after his TV show ended in 1986. In 1989 Bridges was charged with shooting a drug dealer in a crack house after a four-day cocaine binge. He was jailed and later went to rehab.

TODD BRIDGES, FMR. ACTOR: My father was very dysfunctional. He was an alcoholic and abusive.

HAMMER: Bridges tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s Brooke Anderson the sexual and physical abuse he suffered as a child made him turn to drugs. Religion, he says, turned his life around.

BRIDGES: I may have had problems growing up like any other kid did, but I have completely turned my life around.

HAMMER: Now that Stevie Nicks has turned her life around, she`s got some advice for Britney Spears, who recently completed her own stint in rehab.

NICKS: I love Britney Spears. I would love to say, I would love to go and sit in her room with her and say, like, I`m going to be your mom for a minute. I`m going to really tell you what`s happening. I`m going to tell you how much you will regret all this. But I don`t think until Britney is ready to make a change, for herself, I don`t think anybody can tell her.


HAMMER: And Stevie Nicks is doing better than ever. Her latest CD is called "Crystal Visions, The Very Best of Stevie Nicks".

ANDERSON: The dads are back. Remember Eddie Murphy`s "Daddy Day Care"? Well, in the new sequel there`s a new dad in charge. I`ve seen the trailer. It`s pretty funny and it`s next in the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT first look at "Daddy Day Camp". Stay with SHOWBIZ TONIGHT for a Tuesday night.


ANDERSON: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, TV`s most provocative entertainment news show. I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood.

In tonight`s SHOWBIZ TONIGHT first look, "Daddy Day Camp," the hilarious sequel to Eddie Murphy`s "Daddy Day Care." This time around, Cuba Gooding, Jr. stars in this kid adventure as he takes over running a summer day camp. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT has your first look.


ANNOUNCER: For four years, they`ve been the daddies of day care.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I can`t believe our sons are 7. I`m going to spend as much time with Ben as possible.

ANNOUNCER: But now, they`re taking everything they`ve learned --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The Daddy Day Care brand means a lot. Repurposing that brand into summer is just part of the business.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: But you hate the outdoors.

ANNOUNCER: To a more natural setting.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Camp Driftwood. We were here when we were kids.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We don`t know how to run a camp.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: But we didn`t know how to run a day care center either.

ANNOUNCER: What could possibly go wrong? From the studio that brought you "Daddy Day Care."


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is it! Time to give them a summer they`ll never forget.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They won`t forget that.

ANNOUNCER: Meet the campers.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Now, if you all could just sign these waivers acknowledging you`ve been briefed on safety.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I don`t believe that a personal injury waiver executed by a child is a legally binding document.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Business up front, party in the back, baby.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Look at her. She puts on bug spray like an angel.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What`s his problem?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh, he`s going to blow.

ANNOUNCER: This August --

We`re going to show them adventure Charlie and Phil style.

ANNOUNCER: They`ll discover --


ANNOUNCER: -- the excitement of camp --


ANNOUNCER: And the importance of family.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You just need to be yourselves and know that you`re going to be winners no matter what.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, no, not that. No.

ANNOUNCER: Cuba Gooding, Jr.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I guess we showed them.

ANNOUNCER: "Daddy Day Camp".

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What else could go wrong?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, no, no. Please don`t say that.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Think we`re going to need more toilet paper.


ANDERSON: That`s pretty funny. And winners no matter what. I like that message, A.J., opens in theaters August 8.

HAMMER: Good message, indeed. And that is it for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT Thanks a lot for watching. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.

ANDERSON: And I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood.

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