Many men’s human rights activists as well as feminist ideologues have been waiting weeks for ABC News 20/20 to air what has been expected to be a “hit piece” on the men’s movement and on A Voice for Men founder Paul Elam.
Delays in showing the segment have fueled speculation about whether the broadcast giant had dropped the idea altogether. But there may be another explanation.
20/20 co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas, who has not been seen on the air for some time, has reportedly checked herself in to a rehab center for alcohol abuse.
New York Daily News quoted a source close to the 51 year old Vargas as saying, “She’s checked herself into a facility, and she’s getting treatment.” One insider close to Vargas, 51, reportedly said. “She’s been there for a few weeks and will be there for another few weeks.”
According to The News, Vargas will be returning to anchor the news desk when she is “released and feeling better,” Vargas has also reportedly confirmed she is in a treatment center and made the following statement:
“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 is not known at this time if 20/20 will proceed with the program on the men’s movement, or if the delays in the broadcast are related to Vargas’ current struggle with alcohol.