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Elizabeth Vargas to Write Memoir on Alcoholism

VargasGeorgeABC’s Elizabeth Vargas is writing a memoir about her struggle with alcoholism that will be published by Grand Central Publishing in 2016.

“When I first began to worry about my own drinking, I turned to books other women had written about their own alcoholism. I learned I was not alone, and it helped me find the courage to reach out and get help,” Vargas said in a statement. “I have spent my entire life telling other peoples’ stories. This one is my own, and is incredibly personal: the burden and loneliness of of the secret drinker.”

Vargas, the host of “20/20,” spent time in rehab last year. She talked about her experience on “Good Morning America” in January, saying: ““This isn’t what I want to be known for, but I’m really proud of what I did.”

[h/t The Hollywood Reporter]

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Barbara Walters to Elizabeth Vargas: ‘We All Knew’ About Your Alcoholism

Barbara ElizabethSitting next to Elizabeth Vargas on “The View” as she opened up about her battle with alcoholism, Barbara Walters told Vargas that her addiction was well-known among colleagues.

“We knew…I’m very fond of Elizabeth and proud of her, but we knew. It was public at that point,” Walters said during a discussion about Vargas’ attempt to keep her struggle secret from her colleagues.

“No it wasn’t,” Vargas awkwardly responded generating a moment of silence on the panel.

Page Six reports Walters later called Vargas to apologize.

The two women told Page Six there’s nothing to the on-air frostiness.

Barbara told us, “I love Elizabeth and have great admiration for her. I never would have deliberately said anything to hurt her, and I called to tell her that.” Elizabeth added, “This is silly! Barbara is a colleague and a friend.”

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With Elizabeth Vargas’s Return, ’20/20′ Hits 4-Year High

“20/20″ drew its biggest audience in nearly 4 years last night. 8.3 million watched the return of co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas after completing rehabilitation for alcohol.

“It’s great to be back,” Vargas said at the top of the show to co-anchor David Muir. ‘Thank you for all your support and thank you to all our viewers, as well, it really meant a lot to me.”

The ABC News magazine, airing at 10pmET/PT had the highest A18-49 and A25-54 numbers in close to two years, since Feb. 5, 2010 and March 30, 2012, respectively.

ABC’s Friday primetime tied a season high on the night. The network won Friday among Adults 18-49 for the 3rd week in a row. The other Friday night newsmagazine, NBC’s Dateline drew 7.7 million viewers at 8pmET/PT.

“20/20″ closed the show with Vargas’s story.

Elizabeth Vargas: ‘My Husband said, You Have a Problem. You’re an Alcoholic’

VargasGeorgeIt took several years, but one work assignment, for ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas to realize she was an alcoholic. Wine was her drink of choice.

“On a Saturday afternoon I showed up for a ’20/20′ shoot and I was in no shape to do that interview,” Vargas told George Stephanopoulos this morning on “Good Morning America.” ”I got out of the car I realized what am I doing? And that’s when I knew I needed to get help.”

Vargas says she had panic attacks as a child, which continued into adulthood. “I had a panic attack on live television when I was anchoring in Chicago,” said Vargas. It continued when she joined ABC News, and, in 2006, was named co-anchor of “ABC World News Tonight.”

“Anchoring the evening news, I had to take beta blockers because I was so nervous and so anxious,” she said. “That’s exhausting to live like that and it becomes very easy to think, ‘I deserve this glass of wine. I’m so stressed out and I’m keeping it hidden.”

She went into to rehab late last year on the advice of her husband, musician Marc Cohn. She told her sons, 7 and 10, that she had an allergy to alcohol. “I stayed for 28 days and left against their advice and came home because I really wanted to come home and they said ‘we think you need to do more work.’ And I came home for five days and realized they were right and I went back and finished.”

“This isn’t what I want to be known for,” says Vargas. “But I’m really proud of what I did.”

Elizabeth Vargas Leaves Rehab

ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas is out of rehab and back home. This afternoon she tweeted:

Vargas began treatment for alcohol addiction last month. “I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol, and feel fortunate to have recognized it for the problem it was becoming,” Vargas said in a statement midway through her treatment. “I am so thankful for the love and support of my family, friends and colleagues at ABC News.”

Vargas, who has been with ABC since 1996, co-anchors “20/20″ alongside David Muir and she often fills in for Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America.”

She is expected back on the air as early as next week.

ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas in Rehab for Alcohol Abuse

ElizabethVargas“20/20″ co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas is in a treatment facility for alcohol abuse, the Daily news reports.

“Like so many people, I am dealing with addiction,” Vargas says in a statement. “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.”

Vargas, who has been with ABC since 1996, has been in treatment for a few weeks and will be in rehab for a few more.

“We are proud of the steps Elizabeth has taken and are pulling for her recovery,” an ABC spokesman says. “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.”

Vargas co-anchors “20/20″ alongside David Muir and she often filled in for Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” when Roberts was on medical leave for her bone marrow transplant. In January 2006, she was paired with Bob Woodruff to co-anchor “World News Tonight.” That was cut short when Woodruff was seriously injured while on assignment in Iraq.

“Like so many others, I will deal with this challenge one day at a time,” says Vargas. “If coming forward today gives one other person the courage to seek help, I’m grateful.”

Morning Shows Wear Purple in Honor of GLAAD Spirit Day

Morning show anchors wore purple this morning in observance of Spirit Day, GLAAD’s annual anti-bullying campaign. Among the participants: NBC’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales; ABC’s Sam Champion, Josh Elliott, George Stephanopoulos, Lara Spencer and Elizabeth Vargas; CNBC’s Becky Quick, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Joe Kernan and John Harwood; and CNN’s Michaela Pereira.

“Today” interviewed “Will & Grace” stars Debra Messing and Eric McCormack in honor of the show’s 15th anniversary. Messing and McCormack, both wearing purple ribbons, talked about the show’s social impact. “What I’m most proud of is that the show always treated Will’s desire for the perfect man as equal to Grace’s desire for the perfect man,” McCormack said. Video after the jump. Read more

Networks Extend Coverage, Plan Specials for Boston Manhunt

The broadcast networks have expanded their coverage into the late-morning as the manhunt for 19-year-old Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev intensifies.

The networks are preparing for extended coverage throughout the day and CBS News has already scheduled a primetime special at 9pmET anchored by Scott Pelley. Also, “Evening News” will be expanded to an hour.

More: “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” will expand to a full hour tonight. “Rock Center” will dedicate the full live hour (10pmET/9pmCT) to the investigation.

More: ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” will also be an hour. Elizabeth Vargas anchors a special edition of “20/20″ from Boston tonight.

More: Fox News is preempting “The Five” today, instead Bill Hemmer will anchor the hour from Boston. Shepard Smith will anchor his shows from Watertown and Greta Van Susteren will anchor from 10pm-Midnight also from Watertown.

More: CNN’s will be live until at least 1am, starting at 7pm, in this order: Erin Burnett, Anderson Cooper, Piers Morgan, Cooper, Burnett, Morgan.

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ABC News Anchor Diane Sawyer Secures Amanda Knox Interview

ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer has landed the first interview with Amanda Knox, the American girl who was convicted of murdering her roommate in Italy, only to be acquitted in dramatic fashion in October, 2011. The interview will air during a dedicated primetime special Tuesday, April 30 at 10 PM.

Immediately after she was released, Knox and her family were inundated with interview requests.

As expected, Knox was not offered payment for the interview, but rather maximum exposure as she prepares to promote her book, which comes out the same day as the ABC News interview. In addition to the primetime special, portions of the Knox interview (and mentions of the book) will air on “ABC World News,” “Good Morning America,” “Nightline” and ABC’s digital platforms, expanding its reach exponentially.

While Sawyer is getting the big interview, it was correspondent Elizabeth Vargas who did most of the legwork in Italy for ABC, and led the network’s coverage of the case.

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David Muir Named Co-Anchor of ’20/20′

Hugh Downs, John Miller, John Stossell, Chris Cuomo and now add David Muir‘s name to the list of anchors of ABC’s “20/20.” With Cuomo’s departure to CNN, ABC wasted no time in pairing Muir, who anchors “ABC World News” on the weekends, with Elizabeth Vargas on the ABC News magazine.

“David has been an authoritative presence at the anchor desk, most recently anchoring nearly five hours straight as we learned of the horrible events unfolding in Newtown,” writes ABC News president Ben Sherwood in a note to staff. “I’m delighted he’s bringing his ample storytelling skills to Friday nights in primetime, where Elizabeth and the team are delivering the biggest audience in years.”

Sherwood also made mention of Cuomo’s departure. “Chris has been a unique voice at the anchor desk and a valued colleague and friend. We’ll miss his energy, commitment and humor and we wish him the very best in this new venture.”

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