We’ve seen Poison’s Bret Michaels surrounded by a bevy of buxom, tattooed babes on “Rock of Love,” watched him compete on “The Celebrity Apprentice” and waited anxiously to hear news of his recovery from a potentially fatal brain hemorrhage. But the one side of the former wild-child rocker we haven’t really seen is his private one.
That will change on May 31 when VH1 premieres a new Michaels documentary series, “Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It,” which a promises will give viewers “an insider’s look at Bret’s home life when he isn’t touring, shooting, partying and rocking out. After the lights have dimmed on stage and the music stops for the night, Bret rolls off the tour bus right into the loving arms of his daughters Raine and Jorja, who affectionately refer to him as ‘Poppa Rocka.’ ”
Due to Michaels’ recent health crisis, the full 10-episode run of the half-hour show has been pushed to the fall, with no confirmed air date available at press time.
“After Bret’s recent appendectomy and life-threatening brain hemorrhage, we’re so happy that he is on the road to recovery and coming back to VH1,” said Jeff Olde, executive vice president of original programming and production at the network. “Bret is family to us and has always been a huge hit on the network, headlining several series and specials that have garnered record-breaking ratings and made a strong connection with our audience. We have temporarily halted production on the series with Bret’s health as our primary concern. Production will resume when it is cleared by his doctors. … We’d like to celebrate Bret’s recovery with this sneak peak special featuring the next chapter in Bret’s story on VH1. It’s a never-before-seen look into Bret’s family life — the real center of his world from which he draws his unsinkable strength.”
Michaels is recovering from the hemorrhage and is slated to give his first on-camera interview since the health scare on Wednesday, when he visits “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” He is also expected to appear on the season finale of “The Celebrity Apprentice” on Sunday and to play his first concert since the incident on May 26.
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