- Last Updated: 5:04 AM, May 21, 2012
- Posted: 1:37 AM, May 21, 2012
The celebrity apocalypse has come.
What’s more stomach-churning than a season of “Toddlers & Tiaras’’? More allegedly pornographic than a John Travolta rubdown?
Fresh from the cemetery where drug-addled diva Whitney Houston rests fitfully comes word that her attention-starved relatives — from mother Cissy to cousin Dionne Warwick to gospel-singer pal CeCe Winans, all the way down to troubled daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown — are ready to grab fame and riches off a corpse.
The Houston clan is appearing in a reality show for Lifetime, a network hugely popular with voyeuristic women. That’s right! I can just see the first episode:
“Crack is wack,’’ as Whitney once said joyfully.
It’s wack — unless crack can make you a buck. Then it’s cool.
Maybe it’s sign of the times. Or maybe these fame-mongers can’t stand that Whitney, in her downward spiral, got hordes of attention while her family suffered in penurious silence.
Truth is, handlers, toadies and hangers-on watched silently as self-immolating Whitney selfishly killed herself. Not one of these ghouls who lived off her hide ever lifted a finger to save her.
Or maybe Whitney’s downfall was not so selfish. It’s become a cottage industry for her greedy family.
Three months to the day after Houston died, miserably, in a Los Angeles bathtub, a hole burned through her nose from neglect and cocaine abuse, and scald marks marring her once-perfect body, her loved ones have decided there’s no time to waste.
Now that Kevin Costner and casts of bona fide celebs have fled Houston’s memorial/peep show in Newark, it’s time to act. Now that the New Jersey flags are back to normal, after the death of the state’s first official drug addict prompted Gov. Chris Christie to lower the banners to half staff, there’s no time to lose.
And now that Bobbi Kristina, who was said by relatives to have followed her mom’s lead by getting high after her funeral is no longer drawing attention to her excesses, it’s time to get moving.
The reality show, to be called “The Houston Chronicles,’’ set to premiere later this year, will center around the singer’s now-unemployed sister-in-law and manager, Pat Houston, as she helps raise Bobbi Kristina, a woman of 19.
“The tragic loss of Whitney Houston left a void in the hearts of people all around the world, but certainly none more so than her beloved family,’’ said Rob Sharenow, executive vice president of programming at Lifetime.
“In this series, the multigenerations of the Houston family will bravely reveal their lives as they bond together to heal, love and grow.’’