Whitney Cummings became a friend of the Howard Stern Show back in late 2008 after she gained notoriety for her Comedy Central roast jokes.
Since then she’s become the writer and producer of two shows, 2 Broke Girls and Whitney, one acclaimed, one heavily criticized.
Cummings appeared on Stern last week (I get a lot of story ideas from there because I’m a non-famous member of the wack pack) in a state of disarray (about the backlash towards Whitney) and honesty about her sister’s drug and alcohol addiction. When Howard expressed concern about her emotional state, the insult comic known for her tough-exterior nearly broke down in tears.
“I wasn’t okay…all that happened and it was so crazy because the negative feedback about the show was not just about the show. It got very personal. I don’t know if that had to do with the fact that my name is on the show.”
“You can say ‘this show’s bad, this show’s bad’ but the fact that it was called ‘Whitney’ might have been why, I think the ad campaign was very aggressive, and there was kind of a backlash against that.” “It put a lot of pressure on me. The reviews were like the ‘yeah and the show the show the show and then Whitney, she looks too skinny, and she looks old.'”
“A New York Times reporter called me and said, ‘so did you sleep your way to the top?'” On the topic of her sister, who she hadn’t kept in contact with until recently, Cummings said:
“I sort of from afar knew something was really wrong. I didn’t realize the drug abuse and alcoholism was as bad as it was…a friend of hers, this angel of a girl sent me an email saying ‘your sister’s taking 10 Xanax a day [and] three bottles of wine.'”
Her mom just had a stroke and is completely paralyzed on the left side and her sister is recovering from something very serious. Whitney is on anti-depressants and funneling nearly all her TV money directly to her family.
[Random Note “Shabooty.com” said, ‘Let’s all feel bad for Whitney because she has a drugged out sister she barely talked to until she was rich enough to put her in rehab… WAH!’]