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After He Hired A Hooker And Got Some Coke, Pat O’Brien Returned To World Of Sport

Everything’s coming up O’Brien!

After spending years in broadcasting purgatory due to his problems with drugs and alcohol which infamously came to light after several chemical-fueled, profane, stalker-like voicemails (“so fu**in’ hot,” as O’Brien would have likely referred to them) he left for a woman became public in 2005, Pat O’Brien has made his triumphant return to legitimate sports broadcasting with his nationally-syndicated radio program, the appropriately-named Loose Cannons, which is carried by Fox Sports Radio and airs weekdays from 3-7 p.m. ET.

For you young whippersnappers out there who might only know O’Brien from his days feasting at the trough of celebrity excess on Access Hollywood (a medium which he now believes “have ruined pop culture,” O’Brien was previously an accomplished and well-respected member of the sports broadcasting fraternity, spending 16 highly successful years with CBS Sports. At the same time, without the tremendous success of Access Hollywood, O’Brien might not have hobnobbed with the likes of President Bill Clinton or even worse, had the opportunity to rub elbows with the luscious Nancy O’Dell.

Another remarkable achievement O’Brien can celebrate: today marks his 665th day of sobriety, although it took him several attempts at rehab for it to stick (via USA Today):

O’Brien says addiction never affected his on-air work, “as far as I know. I’m a different person now.” He says he “went to three rehabs and none of them worked. I didn’t listen or participate. It was more my fault.”

His last rehab stuck after he figured “either you stop drinking now or you’re going to die.”

Now, says O’Brien, “I have tough skin. I’m back.”

Good for Pat O’Brien. Who says you can’t go back to where you started? To be honest, I always liked the guy, despite his hilariously awkward voicemail foibles came to light. In fact, they probably made me like the guy even more. It takes a special kind of brilliant freak to come up with that level of depravity. Trust me, I speak from experience. It makes me wish I would have saved those voicemails Nancy O’Dell left for me. Great gal, yet so deliciously naughty.

Pat O’Brien finds re-entry vehicle to sports broadcasting [USA Today]