January 11, 2011 03:14 PM by Paula_Kosowski
Former “Hills” bad boy Jason Wahler says producers of VH1′s Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew wanted him to drink for the show’s footage. Read more to see what Wahler has to say about the reality show rehab experience…VH1 Celebrity Rehab contestant Jason Wahler tells AOL’s TV Squad producers were upset he wouldn’t drink.
“I think the producers were pissed,” Wahler tells TV Squad. “They wanted footage of me partying before we went in and I said, ‘No way.’”
Wahler wouldn’t agree because he says he was comitted to becoming sober..
“I wanted to show that I was taking my problem seriously,” Wahler told TV Squad. “I was revamping myself and showing everyone I’m not drinking.”
TV Squad reports Wahler “was arrested six times for alcohol-related offenses in the last few years before checking into the Pasadena Recovery Center with Dr. Drew.”
Unlike other contestants, Wahler had already been sober for a short while before filming and wanted to show his commitment to staying that way.
Wahler says he went in to the reality show with a plan, trying to keep a low profile.
“You can only be as stupid as you act. I knew the cast coming in, so I was prepared for drama,” Wahler says.
He says he is happy with his overall portrayal on the show, despite warnings of family and friends not to go on. Wahler says he still keeps in touch with castmates as a support system.
TV Squad reports Wahler has been sober for six months now and plans to stay that way.
“It’s been hard but, this time, this is it,” he tells TV Squad.
According to the website, the former reality star’s newest plans include getting out of the entertainment industry by getting his real estate license.
The season finale of Celebrity Rehab airs tomorrow night Jan. 12 at 10 p.m. ET.
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