'20/20' News Anchor Elizabeth Vargas Checks Into Rehab

elizabeth vargasIf you're like me and have no life, you've probably noticed that Elizabeth Vargas, co-host of the Friday night show, 20/20, has been glaringly absent for the last few weeks. While David Muir is fine and good, I think I speak for everyone when I say: We want our Vargas back. It's a two-man job. No offense to you or your gorgeous hair and tan, Muir.

As it turns out, Vargas has checked herself into rehab for alcohol abuse and will hopefully be returning to show in a few weeks. And I think I speak for everyone again when I say: Whaaaat?!

In a statement she released from her treatment center, Vargas said:

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.

It always comes as a surprise when a "respectable" member of society reveals that they have a substance abuse problem. Of course it isn't a good thing that Vargas is dealing with addiction, but it might give other people -- other "respectable" people -- the push they need to get help. Sort of like, "If a fancy reporter can tell the world they've got a problem, why can't I?"

I have immense respect for Vargas and her decision to come clean, so to speak. She didn't have to tell anyone where she was, or what she was doing. It takes a brave person to admit they have a problem, and an even braver person to announce it to all of America in hopes that it will inspire others to get help.

Wishing you well, Elizabeth. Hope you get the help that you need -- and hope you're back with David soon. Friday night just isn't the same without you.

Are you surprised by this news? Do you think Vargas was smart to come clean to the public?

 

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