Former ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ star Nicholas Brendon has struggled very publicly with addiction for the last few years, including multiple arrests. He entered rehab for treatment for alcoholism, other substance abuse issues, and depression in June before agreeing to appear on ‘The Dr. Phil Show.’ It didn’t go well: he ended up walking off the set.
Nicholas explained what happened on his Facebook page.
First and foremost, I want to acknowledge all the good Dr. Phil has done for people, famous or not. His production has spent millions on helping people turn their lives around. I was on the Dr. Phil Show today and walked off. I’m sure you’re wondering why.
My illnesses and addictions are a daily struggle for me, and I am committed to working on them for the rest of my life. A big part of that is focusing on positivity.
I’m the first to admit I’ve messed up, a lot, and I’ve hurt people I care about and who care about me. When I was in that seat, I felt that Dr. Phil went for the jugular, talking about some of my recent mistakes, with no build up. I felt that he wanted me to lay the darkest parts of myself on national TV right from the start, and I’m not willing to do that.
Buffy never chased ratings, and neither should I. Rest assured I am in private treatment and we are going deep so I can live a long and happy life.
There are a few things I want to set straight, but per contractual obligations to Dr. Phil, I cannot at this time. Things about my recent conduct, and more importantly, my family, that I will address when I am able. I may be down, but I’m still a professional.
You can read his entire post on Facebook.
I can see where it may have just been too much to talk about everything, especially since he only started getting treatment a couple of months ago. Dr. Phil is not known for his soft touch! The important thing is that Nicholas is staying sober and working on his issues. Hopefully his treatment is going well.
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