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Wednesday March 5, 2008 6:39 pm

The Insider Drops Pat O’Brien

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Television, Drunk, Rumors,

Pat O'BrienWhat’s the best way to replace a lushy anchor?  You substitute him with a non-drinking Mormon.

Just last month, we told you about Pat O’Brien’s recent trip to rehab.  The Insider host, who made a living by talking about other celebrity issues, entered himself into treatment hoping to “maintain his sobriety.”  (In other words, he wanted to stop drunk-dialing again.)

Since O’Brien’s leave of absence, a variety of people have stepped in to fill his shoes on the entertainment program.  As of late, has not only been the main subject of the show’s daily stories, he’s been pulling double-duty as Lara Spencer’s co-host.  Now it seems that gig will become a permanent deal.  According to the New York Post, Donny will be taking advantage of his new found popularity (thanks Marie!) and become a regular fixture in our households.

As for O’Brien?  Paramount is apparently opting not to ‘renew’ his three-year contract.  (That sounds much better than being ‘fired’.)  I guess he’ll have a lot more time now to call a few friends.

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