AceShowbiz - %cKelly Ripa% has been caught in a drug overdose scandal. Rumor has it, the "Live! with Kelly" host turned her back on a cast member of her new reality show "Fire Island" who almost died of an overdose.
While Kelly played mother hen to a gay cast member named Patrick on the series, which is described as a "Jersey Shore" for gays. The 46-year-old talk show host reportedly hasn't seen him for a while. The show premieres on the Logo channel on April 27.
"Patrick is a sweet but innocent small-town boy from Georgia," a close pal tells Radar Online, "He came to the big city to make it as an actor, and he thought Fire Island was his big shot, but it nearly killed him."
A media insider adds, "This show is Kelly and Mark [Consuelos]'s baby. It's their big foray into reality TV."
According to the pal, Patrick and other cast members "were invited to all kinds of parties and there was a lot of temptation" following the filming last summer. "Unfortunately, drugs were a big part of that, and Patrick got caught up in it," adds the pal.
Within weeks of returning to New York City, Patrick allegedly suffered a massive cocaine-and-booze overdose. "He thought he was going to die," revealed his pal, "But he never heard a peep from Kelly. She didn't even call."
According to his pal, Patrick started a GoFundMe page so friends could help him get sober.