Margaret Cho Reportedly Residing In Sober Living Residence

By McCarton Ackerman 11/11/16

Cho said last year that she's "not in a sober place anymore."

Margaret Cho Reportedly Residing In Sober Living Residence

Comedian Margaret Cho reportedly revealed during a recent performance that she has been residing at a sober living house for the past five months, after an intervention held by friends.

The Hollywood Reporter said that she made the comments during a Nov. 3 set at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. Cho joked about bringing wine to her intervention, thinking it was a friend’s party, where she proceeded to get drunk anyway. She then entered the sober living facility shortly after.

However, her rep told the tabloid that he could neither “confirm or deny” Cho’s comments about her current living situation.

Cho’s widely publicized meltdown in March during a performance in New Jersey left many fans questioning her sobriety. Several audience members claimed that she was “slurring her words” and “forgetting her punchlines” at the Stress Factory in New Brunswick. A cellphone video taken by a spectator showed Cho screaming at several patrons who walked out during her rant.

“Everyone has a bad day at work,” said Cho in a written apology. "I was also upset because one of my heroes (Garry Shandling) just died. That doesn't excuse my behavior, but it just shows that I am only human."

Cho has been open about her struggles with eating disorders and drug use ever since her 1994 ABC show All-American Girl, the first TV sitcom to portray a Korean-American family, was canceled after just one season. After receiving intense pressure from the network to lose weight—ironically to play the role of herself—she began abusing the diet drug Fen-Phen and developed anorexia.

In her acclaimed 1999 special I’m The One That I Want, she spoke about getting so drunk that she would hold on to the mic stand on stage to keep the room from spinning.

But after remaining sober for years, she has talked openly about jumping off the wagon.

“I’m not in that sober place anymore and I continue to discuss that. I might live through it and I might not. That’s how it goes,” she told The Star in April 2015. “But I know one thing: it’s important to talk about it. It’s important to talk about it every day.”

After achieving lasting sobriety once before, her fans are hopeful she can get there again.

"I've been a size 0 and a size 14. And I've been miserable at both sizes, and I've been happy at both sizes. It's really about how you feel about yourself,” she told USA Today in July 2000. “As long as we're happy with ourselves, we can accomplish anything."

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.