February 5, 2009 (Los Angeles, CA)-- ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT's THEA ANDREWS sat down with actor/comedian Andy Dick yesterday for his first sit-down interview since he emerged from rehab, to air tonight, February 5th.
Dick reveals details about his arrest last year, "I was out in the sticks at my friend's Dad's funeral. It was an Irish funeral and I kept the party going for days Andy-Dick style. When I drink I turn into a moron. I think I'm being funny and clever, but I look back on the video tape and I border on retardation. People see me as a very easy target and they just make fun of me. It's horrible, actually. It's like making fun of a mentally handicapped person, because I am when I have that much alcohol inside of me."
Dick was sentenced to three years of probation and is required to wear an ankle alcohol monitor for one year. He says if the monitor detects any kind of alcohol he will go "straight to jail." He goes on to say, "I didn't like it at first but now it's become my new best friend. If it wasn't for her (the device) I would probably already be drinking by now."
On his lowest point while drinking, Dick recalls, "Sitting in the back of the cop car urinating all over myself, crying, blowing my nose into my own shirt. It was incomprehensible demoralization. I also had in one day, my agent, my manager and my publicist say 'Sayonara!' That still didn't stop me."
Dick appears this season on VH1's "Sober House," which chronicles the dramatic, real-life experiences of celebrities trying to stay sober after leaving addiction treatment facilities. He tells ET he initially turned down the opportunity to appear on the show and explains why he later changed his mind, "My spiral into the purest of all hells has been very well documented, so why not get some professional cameras on me while you see my slow climb back up out of the gutter?"
He goes on to say, "The only person I trusted was Dr. Drew Pinksy. I've known him for 20 years so there's history and trust. If anyone was to help me, it would be him. And I don't know if I could look more of a fool than I already have."
SUBSCRIBE AND FOLLOW
Get top stories and blog posts emailed to me each day. Newsletters may offer personalized content or advertisements.Learn more