'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Was Elton John wrong to say Billy Joel needs rehab?
February 11th, 2011
02:52 PM ET

'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Was Elton John wrong to say Billy Joel needs rehab?

Elton John is not backing down today! He first did that Rolling Stone interview, saying his buddy Billy Joel needed to get his problems with addiction under control.

Then he went on “Today” and handed out more tough love, saying that Billy Joel needs some serious rehab. A lot of people think this all should have been done behind closed doors.

I’ve got to say, I get where Elton is coming from – a place of experience and love. While it is easy to suggest that Elton should have kept this private, perhaps he feels things have gotten bad enough that he knows that Billy wouldn’t get the message that way. But now, Billy Joel is striking back! Joel has just released a response to Elton. He doesn’t seem to be mad, but should he be?

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  1. Lisa Jeen

    OH, PLEEEEZ. I met both Billy Joel & Elton John in the late 70's, on different tours. Billy Joel is a total creep (albeit a decent musical artist). VERY difficult and cold as ice. Sir Elton is a truly magnanimous man in every way. Sure, that was a long time ago and they were both "impaired". But I can tell you from personal experience that one is as polar opposite from the other as any two men could be. Elton is merely trying to spare a felllow musical genius the pain he himself went through. Should have been done privately, I agree–but Sir Elton is not trying to attack or humiliate BJ.

    We ALL know that it's hard to face your demons privately, but with the world watching?? I value my privacy over anything, and celebs are no different. Elton knows that, and he is sitting on top of the world right now and wants to share his joy. Billy Joel is scraping the bottom, and Elton just wants his fellow "piano man" to endure. After all, it's people like Elton who make life worth surviving for the rest of us.

    Billy–wake up~! And don't condemn your contemporaries for caring!!!

    February 12, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. Packing Union

    Dang them 2 fudge packers !

    February 11, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. neegrow

    Just thinking of white peoples made me spell wrong. See. You white peoples is evil.

    February 11, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. neegrow

    All whoite peeps need rehab. Dirty honkeeeees.

    February 11, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Victor

    If doing it in public forces Billy to acknowledge to himself that he really has a problem (and I can't say he does caus I don't know him)and makes him get some help, then no, he wasn't wrong.

    If on the other hand, Billy doesn't really have a problem and Elton is misinterpreting something, then he just made a huge mistake.

    February 11, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Worried about Rehab!

    Uuummm Sir Elton John, Billy Joel probably feels the same way about you! I bet Elton still taking 20 drinks a day just to like himself. Some people should just be quiet!

    February 11, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Your favorite Counselor

    Billy needs to lay off the alcohol and Elton needs to lay off the C U M Dumplings.

    February 11, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |

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