It's no secret that Robin Williams has struggled with the fiery-eyed demons of addiction before, starting at the very earliest days of stardom, when he'd hide inside a giant, Orkian space egg and blow rails until he was called to set. Sadly, starring in RV has taken a far greater toll on the actor than anyone could have imagined, as he appears to have fallen off the wagon:
A rep for the actor released the following statement to ET, "After 20 years of sobriety, Robin Williams found himself drinking again and has decided to take proactive measures to deal with this for his own well-being and the well-being of his family. He asks that you respect his and his family's privacy during this time. He looks forward to returning to work this fall to support his upcoming film releases."
We applaud Williams' early detection of his relapse, as well as his decision to take the proper steps towards recovery. The last thing he needs is for his four-decade career as one of America's most beloved comedian-entertainers to be forever tainted with an ugly, improvised riff on the Tonight Show in which Jack Nicholson, John Wayne and a really gay sounding guy have a three-way debate on how best to handle the Jewish scourge.
- Robin Williams In Rehab [ETOnline]