… and I am Somebody male. in my thirties. recovering alcoholic. live in minneapolis. work in progress. gay. serenity please.

Pat O’Brien enters rehab

03.21.2005 · Posted in In the news

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You’re probably asking yourself, “Who is Pat O’Brien?” He’s one of the stars of Entertainment Tonight and an anchor on The Insider.

I wish him well. I’m glad that he came out publicly about it and issued a statement instead of trying to hide it. But who knows – he may have had his hand forced… somebody was bound to find out about it sooner or later. Perhaps it’s no accident that the shows he works on usually publicizes this sort of thing ๐Ÿ™‚

Quoted from the USAToday.com article:

LOS ANGELES (AP) รขโ‚ฌโ€ Television host Pat O’Brien, anchor of The Insider news magazine show, has entered an alcohol rehabilitation program, he said in a written statement Sunday to The Associated Press.

“I have had a problem with alcohol. I have decided to take action by checking myself into an intensive recovery program,” the 57-year-old broadcast journalist said.

“Overcoming this problem is a top priority in my life and I am excited to return to work as soon as I am able,” he continued.

There were no details about the recovery facility or when O’Brien entered the program.

O’Brien, who covered the Summer Olympics in Greece for MSNBC and NBC late-night programming, was a TV news reporter in Los Angeles and Chicago before joining CBS Sports.

He occasionally hosted Entertainment Tonight and in 1997 became the full-time host of Access Hollywood. That contract expired last year and he began hosting The Insider.

“We support Pat’s decision to seek treatment and look forward to welcoming him back on the air at the appropriate time,” said Manfred Westphal, a spokesman for Paramount Domestic Television, which syndicates The Insider.

Westphal said the show’s New York host, Lara Spencer, will take over during O’Brien’s absence.

One Response to “Pat O’Brien enters rehab”

  1. I saw the news about O’Brien in yesterday’s Argus Leader. He’s a native of Sioux Falls, SD. I’ve wondered about him for a couple years now. He was on Letterman a couple years ago, saying that he was going to run for governor of South Dakota. For a man who’s rarely visited SD since moving away, I thought, “that grandiose thinking. I wonder if he’s a drunk.” I hope he’s able to find the answers he needs.