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 🙂
Quoted from the USAToday.com article:
LOS ANGELES (AP) â€” 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.