If you have been wondering why Elizabeth Vargas has been missing from her desk on ABC’s “20/20”, we finally have an answer. ABC confirmed Wednesday that Vargas has checked into a rehab facility to battle her alcohol addiction.
ABC is fully supportive of Vargas and says she will have her job waiting on her when she gets better. “We look forward to having her back home at ABC News where she has done so much distinguished work over the years,” said ABC News representative Jeffrey Schneider. “Elizabeth is a member of our family and we will support her in every way we can.” In the meantime, Vargas’ co-anchor, David Muir, will continue to host the show.
“She’s checked herself into a facility, and she’s getting treatment,” a source close to Vargas said. “She’s been there for a few weeks and will be there for another few weeks.”
Vargas realized that she was becoming increasingly more dependent on alcohol and recognized that it was time for her to seek professional help.
“I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol,” she said. “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.”
Vargas joined ABC for “Good Morning America” in 1996, and then became co-anchor of “20/20” in 2004.
Image via Twitter