Fans of “20/20″ co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas have wondered why she has been off the air for several weeks.
It’s now been revealed she has checked herself into a treatment facility to deal with her drinking problem.
An insider close to the 51-year-old news anchor revealed, “She’s checked herself into a facility, and she’s getting treatment. She’s been there for a few weeks and will be there for another few weeks.”
Vargas, who will be returning to the show once she is released and feeling better, confirmed she is in rehab.
She issued a statement saying, “Like so many people, I am dealing with addiction. I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol. And feel fortunate to have recognized it for the problem it was becoming. I am in treatment and am so thankful for the love and support of my family, friends and colleagues at ABC News. Like so many others, I will deal with this challenge one day at a time. If coming forward today gives one other person the courage to seek help, I’m grateful.”
The senior staff at the Disney-owned network had been gossiping about Elizabeth Vargas being MIA for weeks, but were officially told that she was on “medical leave”.
An ABC spokesperson has now issued a statement saying, “We are proud of the steps Elizabeth has taken and are pulling for her recovery. We look forward to having her back home at ABC News, where she has done so much distinguished work over the years. Elizabeth is a member of our family, and we will support her in every way we can.”
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