Sherri Shepherd apologizes after asking recovering alcoholic Elizabeth Vargas to ‘get drunk’ with her

Sherri Shepherd is apologizing after receiving online criticism for making several alcohol-related jokes during an interview with sober news personality Elizabeth Vargas when it aired on Thursday. Sherri talk show.

“I’m going to take you to the bar, we’re going to drink, we’re going to have a drink,” Shepherd told Vargas as the couple discussed the trials of motherhood. Vargas, who has been open about her past struggles with alcoholism, responded by saying she would “take my classic club soda with cranberry juice, but you can get a few hits out of it.”

The host told Vargas she was “not fun,” but would take it out anyway. “You and I are going to be at the bar thinking, ‘That’s not news tonight!’ That’s what we have to do.”

Elizabeth Vargas and Sherri Shepherd

Elizabeth Vargas and Sherri Shepherd

sherri show Elizabeth Vargas and Sherri Shepherd

Later in the interview, Shepherd again came up with the idea of ​​going out to get drunk on Vargas after the host suggested her guest write a second book in her spare time.

“One day, after doing NewsNation and iCrime, when you go to the bar and get drunk and have a good time and end up talking to people,” Shepherd said before Vargas cut him off, “You get drunk. I will be your designated driver,” she replied. Shepherd continued, “You come home and write a fictional book with lots of sex. Crime with lots of sex!”

During the episode, multiple viewers started tweeting call the host For push a recovering alcoholic to drink, some demanding an apology.

Vargas told EW in a statement that the host apologized to her after the show after the unintentional misstep.

“Sherri called to apologize – she was very kind. She just didn’t know. It’s okay. I wasn’t upset at all,” the NewsNation host said in a statement.

Shepherd also shared his apology with EW: “Sometimes when you’re doing live TV you make mistakes. Today it happened during my interview with Elizabeth Vargas and I’m sorry about that. She was very gracious about it in the moment and on the phone when I called her to apologize afterwards. And she’s looking forward to coming back next season.”

Vargas has long been open about her history with alcohol, including in a 2016 interview with Diane Sawyer. She opened up to Sawyer about a particularly low point in her life, when she went on a family vacation in 2012.

“It was our big vacation, and my vacation idea was to empty the mini-bar by drinking everything in it,” Vargas said. She also recalled drinking before a high-profile ABC interview. Eventually, she entered rehab. “I would die for my children, Diane, but I couldn’t stop drinking for my children.”

Sherri aired weekdays in syndication. Check your local listings for times in your area.

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