It looks like Fox News' Gregg Jarrett has a drinking problem. Last week, TVNewser reported that he had requested - and been granted - leave from Fox News "for personal reasons." Last night, he was arrested in an airport after an incident in which police reported he was intoxicated and belligerent.
From Yahoo TV:
FOX News anchor Gregg Jarrett has been released from jail after his arrest Wednesday at a restaurant/bar inside Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
...Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman Patrick Hogan told the Associated Press that officers said Jarrett appeared intoxicated, acted belligerently and refused to follow their orders. He was booked into the Hennepin County Jail on a preliminary charge of obstructing the legal process by interfering with a peace officer. He posted $300 bond and was released early Thursday.
Today, The Washington Post reported this statement from Fox:
“We were made aware late last night that Gregg Jarrett was arrested in Minneapolis yesterday and charged with a misdemeanor. He is dealing with serious personal issues at this time. A date for which Gregg might return to air has yet to be determined.”
I believe that alcoholism and substance abuse are diseases that deserve pity and compassion. So I sincerely wish Jarrett the best and hope he is able to make a swift recovery from this or whatever else may be ailing him.
Correction: The post originally said Jarrett had been in a brawl.
This is a fast-paced environment, and these third-rate suits put tremendous pressures on the staffers and hosts.
NOTE TO JARRETT
For your sake, and your health. Leave this horrid place. These clowns could care less about your well-being. They are only interested in ratings and revenue. Screw the Fox “News” executives. Quit immediately.
If Greg does choose sobiety, with the help to AA, he can never work for Fox again. Because in AA, you must always be honest.
If Mr. Jarrett truly has this addiction I sincerely hope he gets the help he needs and makes a complete recovery, and that his family and friends don’t have to feel the pain that I and many others have felt.
Perhaps this can be a blessing in disguise where it took this public incident to get the needed help he needs. I’m thankful this was only a struggle with police that didn’t involve the death or injury of an innocent victim.
He and anyone who has an addiction to defeat have my full support and I’ll look forward to disagreeing with him again.