A popular ABC News personality is in a rehabilitation facility for alcohol abuse, reports the New York Daily News Confidenti@l blog in an exclusive story.
Says the story, "ABC’s ’20/20′ co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas, 51, has been MIA on the air for weeks, and Confidenti@l has learned she’s been in a well-respected rehab center for alcohol abuse. ‘She’s checked herself into a facility, and she’s getting treatment,’ one insider close to Vargas tells us. ‘She’s been there for a few weeks and will be there for another few weeks.’ "
The Confidenti@l story adds that it received this statement from Vargas: "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 story says it also received this statement from an ABC News spokesperson: “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."
After three years at NBC, Vargas joined ABC in 1996. She has also been a co-anchor of ABC’s flagship newscast, "World News Tonight." She has held her current position on "20/20" since 2006.