Pat O'Brien to Write Autobiography on Divorce, Rehab
Pat O'Brien, CBS Sports announcer turned Access Hollywood and The Insider anchor, will write about his painful divorce, rehab experience and television career in an autobiography due out in fall 2011.
"My story is one of having the best seat in the house in sports and on the red carpets and then a successful recovery from the nightmare disease of alcoholism that nearly led to my death," O'Brien tells Us of the tome, to be released by St. Martin's Press. "Not many people know what it's like to be in the middle of a firestorm that is a scandal and the personal insights and collateral damage offer valuable lessons to everybody."
O'Brien filed for divorce from his wife of 30 years, Linda, in 2004. Shortly after, O'Brien entered rehab for alcoholism. In 2008, O'Brien announced that he was engaged to longtime girlfriend Betsy Stephens.
O'Brien grew up in a working class family in South Dakota, but rose to fame as a CBS Sports broadcaster. He then moved into the entertainment field as an Access Hollywood anchor and on the Entertainment Tonight spinoff, The Insider.