Elizabeth Vargas will give her final approval of ABC News after 22 years on the network.
The long-time news anchor, who revealed her battle with alcoholism on the magazine's show last year, announced on Friday that she would take a "20/20" step in May, when the program ends its season 40 to "find new companies," ABC News confirmed to the Daily News.
"I want you to hear some news about me, from me, it will leave ABC News, and 20/20 at the end of this historic season 40. It has been a great privilege to be the anchor of 20/20 for 14 years, and a true honor to work with each and every one of you, "he wrote in a letter to staff on Friday.
The 55-year-old began his network career in 1996 as a news anchor for "Good Morning America" and joined the prime time the following year as host on Saturday "World News Tonight." His exit from the network was reported for the first time by the Daily Mail on Friday afternoon.
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In 2004, Vargas was named co-presenter of 20/20 – the second woman in office – and a year later in 2005, she was named co-presenter of "World News Tonight "by ABC.
It was in 2006 when the New Jersey native decided to give up her role in "World News Tonight."
Vargas decided to go to rehab for his alcohol addiction while on vacation in California in 2014.
"As many other recovering alcoholics know, overcoming the disease can be a long and incredibly difficult process," Vargas said in a statement to The News at the time.
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"I feel that I have disappointed myself, my co-workers and, most importantly, my family, and that is why I am embarrassed and sorry, I am committed to fighting and addressing This debilitating disease and I want to thank all those who have offered their unwavering support during this difficult time, "he continued.
The news personality had spent time in rehabilitation in the fall of 2013 in the midst of her divorce with composer Marc Cohen, who allegedly cheated her while seeking treatment.
Vargas has two sons, Zachary, 14 and Samuel, 11.
During his news tenure, Vargas has interviewed former President Bush, won an Emmy for covering the story of Elián González and investigated the book "The Da Vinci Code" and the role of Mary Magdalene.
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"She became aware of the crisis in Iraq covering C refugee Christians evading ISIS, they reported on orphans in Cambodia who were given up for adoption without the knowledge of their parents, on the gendercide in India, and they were at the forefront of the Amanda Knox case from its earliest days, "said ABC News president James Goldston. a memo.
Despite its broadcasting achievements, Goldson pointed out that its The team was most proud of Vargas' courage and grace in telling his own story about his fight against anxiety and alcoholism.
Vargas not only detailed his struggles in "20/20", but also wrote one of the best-selling memories "Between Breaths" about his addiction in 2016.
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