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Elizabeth Vargas

In Rehab

For Alcohol Abuse

11/6/2013 2:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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20/20” co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas has been MIA for weeks ... and now we know why -- she's been in rehab for alcohol abuse.

Vargas checked into rehab a couple weeks ago -- according to the NY Daily News -- and will remain in treatment for a few weeks more. She'll return to "20/20" when she's released from the rehab facility.

Vargas released a statement saying she suffers from addiction, claiming, "I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol. And I feel fortunate to have recognized it for the problem it was becoming."

She adds, "Like so many others, I will deal with this challenge one day at a time."

ABC says it fully supports her and looks forward to welcoming Vargas back.

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buggaz    

She has great boobs

164 days ago
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LuCha    

Now she's a DRUNKEN-IDIOT.

164 days ago
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GothamGirl    

Always felt she had a lot of self-loathing, and the bitchy perfectionist thing. Never liked her, but hope she gets the help she needs.

164 days ago
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JulieAnneT    

I wish I were as brave - only good thoughts and prayers go out - like someone else said, no judgement here...

164 days ago
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Italia    

The twins themselves seem ready for a long stint in rehab. My guess is that both Charlie and Brooke were under the influence when they conceived the twins, or the twins are getting "contact" highs when Brooke is smoking her "stuff". Doctors need to check the twins to see what's in their blood stream.

164 days ago
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Vote2012    

When you are forced to lie all day on TV to protect and cover up for Obama that would drive any person to drink.

164 days ago
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john johnson    

i'm glad she is getting help for her problem. unfortunately, news correpondents and anchors are known dependents of alcohol, so she will be going right back to the fire when she returns to work.

164 days ago
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davej    

oohh no she had too many white zinfandels after work . cry me a river. too many white wine spritzers. Sad she has make up a fake story like to get attention to gain sympathy and boost her celebrity. Ohh she going to cry on TV when she comes back too I bet

164 days ago
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Kitty Angel    

Good Luck, Elizabeth! Wishing you the best during your recovery!

164 days ago
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lkelly816    

You see the old saying, "no one knows what goes on behind closed doors" is so so true.

I like her and wish her much success.

164 days ago
26.

Applehead    

Kathy Lee and Hoda are next.

164 days ago
27.

girlshark    

Booze sucks. Smoke weed.

164 days ago
28.

JJ    

I wish she had taken Toronto's Rob Ford with her.

164 days ago
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get real    

Good Luck to her. She is a Good reporter. One Never knows what goes on behind closed doors is a Fact. She has been getting thinner and thinner by the week. I wondered what was wrong. Very Thin. Maybe thats nothing to do with it.

164 days ago
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NewJersey    

Sorry but when I hear alcohol abuse or exhaustion, this means there was something else going on. Much of America is addicted to pills like Percocet, Oxycontin, Xanax, Ambien, and I have a feeling she was taking pills to help with those wierd long hours reporters have. Alcoholics dont get thin all the sudden. Just my opinion.

164 days ago
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