TV Host Steve Wilkos Faces Drunk-Driving Charges After Flipping Car

By Bryan Le 02/26/18
"I have built a career on a commitment to help others with their personal struggles and now I am faced with my own."
Wilkos at the 2012 New York Comic Con
He is currently getting help. Luigi Novi / Wikimedia Commons

Talk show host and former Jerry Springer Show muscle Steve Wilkos was arrested for driving under the influence, revealing the truth about his car crash in January.

At the time, while in Connecticut, Wilkos, 53, reportedly struck several objects on the side of the road with his car before flipping it onto its passenger side. His initial explanation to the press was that he was reaching for his glasses, but later admitted to TMZ that was a lie.

“Over the course of my life, I have been struggling with bouts of depression and on the day of my accident, I had a complete lapse in judgment which resulted in me drinking and getting behind the wheel of my car,” he wrote in a statement.

He was admitted to the hospital following the crash. Authorities obtained his medical records and found that his blood alcohol level was .29 that day. He eventually turned himself in to police after learning there was a warrant out for his arrest and was released after posting a $1,500 bond.

“I have built a career on a commitment to help others with their personal struggles and now I am faced with my own,” he continued in his statement, referring to his television program, The Steve Wilkos Show. “Opening up my personal life to this level has been extremely difficult for my family and me, and I ask for your support in respecting our privacy so that we can all heal and move forward. I am so sorry to my family for any grief and embarrassment I have caused.”

His show is similar Jerry Springer’s, in that it brings guests on for emotional confrontations in front of a live audience. Wilkos' trademarks on the show include throwing chairs when his guest’s actions anger him and screaming at them to get off his stage.

There is currently no word on how this recent turn of events will affect the show. However, Wilkos seems to be more concerned about his personal recovery, according to his statement.

“I am lucky and so grateful that no one else was involved in the accident and truly humbled by the outpouring of love and support,” he wrote. “This experience reinforces my commitment to get the professional help that I need and I have recently completed an intensive medically supervised program.”

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