Dax Shepard has opened up about how his addiction affected his career.
The actor admitted he was banned from the Late Night with Conan O’Brien show for several years, due to his behaviour after an appearance in 2004.
The 46-year-old spoke about his infamous appearance on Conan during Blake Griffin’s podcast: The Pursuit of Healthiness, calling it the only “career wreckage-y” thing he’s done.
“I had done the pre-interview in a blackout and I woke up to the hotel security shaking me awake, and I was with a stranger and the stranger had peed the bed, or I had peed the bed, someone had peed the bed,” he told Griffin.
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Explaining he had to be on Conan “literally” 20 minutes after being woken up by a hotel security guard, who his publicist convinced to open the door.
“And I show up on the show, I don’t know what he’s talking about,” the Parenthood actor admitted. “I can tell he’s cueing me up for stories I’ve told but I don’t know any of the stories. So, I’m just doing what I can to be funny out there and I am a mess.”
“I broke a coffee table,” he continued, adding he was subsequently banned from the show until he got sober.
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“I got myself back on it [when I was sober] and now I’ve been on it a bazillion times, but that was probably the only career wreckage-y thing I did,” he said.
Shepard, who has been open about his struggle with substance abuse in the past, opened up late last year about relapsing after 16 years of sobriety after suffering an injury in a motorcycle accident.
Although initially hiding it from his family, the actor came clean, saying he and his wife, Kristen Bell, were open about it with their daughters, Lincoln, eight and Delta, six.
“We tell them the whole thing,” he revealed on his Armchair Expert podcast, adding he feels like he’s got a “second chance to confront all these things that had been building up” over the years.
“Today at least, I feel better with six months [sobriety] than I felt at 15 years,” he said.
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