'Insider' host O'Brien enters rehab

March 21, 2005 at 12:21 PM

LOS ANGELES, March 21 (UPI) -- "The Insider" host Pat O'Brien says he is taking some time off to enter a rehabilitation program, "Entertainment Tonight" reported Monday.

"I have had a problem with alcohol," O'Brien said. "I have decided to take action by checking myself into an intensive recovery program. Overcoming this problem is a top priority in my life and I am excited to return to work as soon as I am able."

Co-host Lara Spencer will fill in until O'Brien returns.

Paramount Domestic Television spokesman Manfred Westphal said: "We support Pat's decision to seek treatment and look forward to welcoming him back on the air at the appropriate time."

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