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'20/20' anchor Elizabeth Vargas confirms rehab stint

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20/20 anchor Elizabeth Vargas has confirmed that she is in rehab.

ABC News released a statement from the journalist on Wednesday (November 6) to explain why she has been absent from 20/20 in recent weeks.

Elizabeth Vargas at 'The Great Gatsby' film luncheon, New York

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Elizabeth Vargas



Vargas said: "I realised I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol. And feel fortunate to have recognised 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."

Her statement was followed by an ABC spokesperson saying that the network "will support [Vargas] in every way [it] can".

Vargas has worked for ABC News since 1996, first as a newsreader for Good Morning America.

She has since gone on to host ABC World News Tonight, and in 2006 was announced as the anchor of 20/20.

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