Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Blind Item #2 - Spiked - A Birdie Blind Item

In a recent spot for private rehab services, this former child actor confessed to have started drinking prior to kindergarten. According to a friend and former neighbor of the family though, it started even earlier. The mother, prior to becoming a momager, would add a little whiskey to her infant son's formula. It helped with the teething, she said, and also helped with the crying, which always made her hangovers worse.

By the time he got the role on the successful sit com, certain men from the network didn't even need to ply him with booze - he was often already drunk. When the suits ultimately intervened - not, you understand, with the men, but with the parents, demanding they keep the liquor cabinet locked - things took an even worse turn. Now he "needed" the men as much as they wanted him.

This was also when one of his fellow cast mates also took up the bottle, although not the one whose character you would expect it from. This person's troubles would take years to literally catch up with them, on the side of the road, but before the show was canceled there were many days where the only thing consumed on set or off was booze.

You might suspect that some of this may have led to the show's cancellation - that it got "spiked." The reason though was another cast member, who after all he had seen and been through, went to another extreme, where he remains today.

47 comments:

Thorne said...

Who leaks from rehab? That's pretty terrible

Tricia13 said...

Danny Masterson/That 79s show?
Kutcher,Valserama for the others?

Tuesdi said...

Does one of them have a Momager?

Mah said...

Danny Bonaduce

ckpsjp said...

Danny Bonaduce and the Partridge Family?

Tricia13 said...

I thought Carol
masterson but she’s a “film producer

ckpsjp said...

Dang it, Mah, you beat me to it.

Ly said...

Got a Partridge family vibe from this blind

MyMyMy said...

This sounds like Growing Pains, describing the kid who played the youngest son. The other actor who took up booze being the sister. The one who went extreme in the other direction Kirk Cameron.

Randyman said...

It is Growing Pains, gotta be

Anonymous said...

Growing Pains (?)

Jeremy Miller

Tracey Gold

Kirk Cameron

Morninglorri said...

Jeremy Miller started drinking at 4.

Boozie said...

https://www.thefix.com/growing-pains-jeremy-miller-talks-about-addiction

this isn't a blind

gauloise said...

Instead of Kevin Bacon, these child actor pedo / drug abuse horror stories always seem to be 6 degrees of Leonardo dicaprio

s.s. said...

Boozie, the part in the blind about Jeremy being a drunken boy-toy for perv-pedo network suits seems to have escapeded your notice...

Sara, Making It Work said...

Growing Pains immediately cane to mind.
These poor kids.

NobodyNose said...

"This was also when one of his fellow cast mates also took up the bottle, although not the one whose character you would expect it from. This person's troubles would take years to literally catch up with them, on the side of the road..."

Tracey Gold - DUI: http://www.hollywood.com/general/tracey-gold-blames-drunk-husband-and-herself-for-car-crash-59095059/

Also, it doesn't sound like this was a leak - it sounds like he said it in a commercial for the rehab facility? ("In a recent spot for...")

Unknown said...

I thought of Danny Bonaduce too

Brayson87 said...

+1 Boozie, great catch,

‘Growing Pains’ Jeremy Miller Talks About Addiction

"The former child star opened up about his alcohol addiction, which began when he was just four years old."

"Though not approved by the FDA, Naltrexone has helped Miller stay sober for several years. Currently, he is a patient advocate for the Fresh Start Recovery center in Santa Ana, Calif."

https://www.thefix.com/growing-pains-jeremy-miller-talks-about-addiction

Randyman said...

yep its growing pains Brayson

cheesegrater15 said...

I was thinking Danny Bonaduce and David Cassidy until the last sentence. No clue.

Stupidpervs said...

My first thought too

LooksLikeCRicci said...

*singing* Show me that smile again.....Oh, show me that smile. Don't waste another minute on your crying....

Countervail said...

So is the implication here that Jeremy Miller was also molested during the run of the show by people associated with the network? And was trading sexual favors for alcohol?

And Tracey Gold started drinking then too in addition to dealing with anorexia?

And it was Kirk Cameron's sudden religion as the reason for the show being canceled? Wasn't the rumor Kirk was gay but went al religious to pray the gay away? There was a blind item sometime back about a tv actor who would pick up tricks at the Griffith Observatory that people thought was Kirk.

Ly said...

@CRicci Those words take on a whole other meaning now!

LooksLikeCRicci said...

@Lyla-- right?

LooksLikeCRicci said...

I absolutely believe Growing Pains got cancelled because Kirk Cameron was such a nightmare to deal with after he became born again. I've read tons of things that he demanded because of his religion (like his co-star getting fired for appearing in Playboy, for starters.)

This behavior continues today. I accidentally started watching Fireproof on cable the other day and then made the conscious choice to continue watching it because it was so effing horrible it was AWESOME. In the very end, there's a romantic kiss between Cameron's character and his wife, but it's in silhouette. The reason why? Because Kirk Cameron refused to kiss a woman other than his wife, so they had to bring his actual wife in to film the kiss. In silhouette.

I would genuinely like to believe Jeremy Miller wasn't molested, but everything else fits. Tracey's character of Carol was the perfect goody-two-shoes. You'd never dream of her getting a DUI. Miller has been open about his use of alcohol as a child.

It all fits.

pixiegothy said...

omg, this is horrible, I love Tracey Gold, especially her tv movies! I don't even want to think about all the abuse she probably went through

trufflepig said...

Brian Peck was probably one of the people who abused Miller on set.

Do Tell said...

I thought it was Brian Bonsall from reading it, but can't think of anyone else from Family Ties that had serious issues.

Eight Is Enough wasn't a sitcom, but even outside of Adam Rich, probably has three months worth of blinds.

Glue said...

What the actual fuck?! This blind is horribly sad. I can't imagine plying an infant, a baby, a helpless baby, with alcohol. Not just once bc they were teething but every single day!? He never stood a chance.

Sal T said...
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Poppymann said...

She used alcohol because soothing syrups hadn't been available since 1914.

Jennifer Low Rents said...

Growing Pains definitely fits this blind. Wow, this was one of my favourite shows. How horrible to think about what went on behind the scenes!!

Unknown said...

Brady Bunch

ClintonKilledMe said...

From 2009...

http://www.tmz.com/2009/02/20/show-me-that-smile-again/

andrea said...

Frankie Muniz to be different and Malcolm in the Middle. He was the first name to pop into my head.

ardleighstreet said...

@Pixiegothy, Have you ever seen the old 80's interview with Tracey, Missy Gold (Benson), and their little sister? It's worth watching and their mom and stepdad creeped me out! I wish I could link it here but can't.

M52799 said...

My piece of shut mother used to put whisky in my bottle so I would sleep. When I was 3 months old, she put me in my baby bed with a bottle and left. She was still gone when my dad and her parents got home from work. The bottle was in the bed because it had fallen so I hadn't drank it. That's how they found out I had been there all day. That's the day my dad's parents took custody of me.

Unknown said...

maybe Kirk Cameron turned so fully to God because of this nasty pedo filth he had to witness (and possibly experience first hand) as a child? Instead of bashing the guy try to understand what that must be like!

Unknown said...

That's so sad! I hope your grandparents took care of you the way you deserved 🙂

Mary Lamb said...

I'm sure this wasn't an anomaly. Any parent who pimps their kid out for money doesn't have the best interest of the child in mind.
In some, if not most, of these cases, I don't doubt that the parent(s) had the kids deliberately induced with alcohol in order to get the roles from these pedophiles and that's not excluding them having the kids get used to it prior to that - both the alcohol and sexual abuse. Sick motherfuckers.

pixiegothy said...

@ardleighstreet is it called "vintage 80's tracey missy & brandy gold sisters tv interview"? I just watched that one on YT, I actually had no idea her sisters were on tv too, wow Tracey was really a natural, she definitely had that it factor since she was a kid! I will be honest with you, I think that most families that let their children work in the entertainment business are creepy and disfunctional. Her mom seemed oblivious, "I just want them to be happy!".

Lovino said...

It is common in some cultures to put beer in with the milk in baby bottles to help put the children to sleep. I think this practice is wrong but I will not name which cultures do this because I know the trolls will attack with wholesale racism. For those who wish to attack me, lick my buttocks until your tongue falls off. Thank you.

Countervail said...

@Remie Ross I no issue if Kirk Cameron has found God to heal himself, but he uses it as a weapon to bash other people for things he now has decided is ungodly. His version of religion is a fundamentalist revision, where straight white men are the ultimate authorities who get to decide the fate of others. He wrote that hurricanes are punishments from God, that women should be submissive to men, believes the Bible-based version of the creation of man from mud and magic, things gay people can change their orientation and be straight, condemns "fornicators and adulterers," defends men in cases of sexual assualt, that Christianity should be the basis for American government, etc...

Jennacheryl said...

@Sandy I agree but add Leo to that mix also.

AprilInParis said...

@Remie Ross: I've always thought the same ..............

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