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20/20’s Elizabeth Vargas Checks Into Rehab

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By: Jason Kempin

By: Jason Kempin

 

20/20 has been missing it’s popular anchor for weeks, and it seems we now have an answer as to why.

The New York Daily News reports that Elizabeth Vargas checked into a well respected rehab facility to seek treatment for alcohol related troubles.

Vargas released a statement about her situation exclusively to Confidenti@l:

“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 a day at a time. If coming forward today gives one other person the courage to seek help, I’m grateful.”

A spokesperson from ABC says that “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.”

ABC didn’t say when they expect Vargas to return to her role as anchor on 20/20.

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