Tom Arnold Had A Tough Go As Chris Farley’s Sobriety Sponsor

Tom Arnold could have had one of many hardest jobs in present enterprise ― making an attempt to maintain Chris Farley sober. (Watch the video beneath.)

The previous “Roseanne” star informed Howard Stern final week that “Saturday Evening Reside” producer Lorne Michaels approached him about serving to Farley, the magnetic “SNL” comic who was shedding his battle with substance abuse.

“He needed to be sober and I feel Lorne actually anxious about that, so I used to be his sponsor for a number of years,” Arnold stated.

Estimating that Farley had already been on his seventeenth rehab stint, Arnold shortly found that the comedian “appreciated to have enjoyable and he had an excessive amount of enjoyable. Very unhappy when he died.”

Stern famous the frustration of conserving Farley “from abusing himself.”

“It’s additionally irritating as a result of at sure factors he’d be like, ’I’m not going to be round Tom as a result of I don’t need him to see,’” Arnold stated.

The “True Lies” star stated he informed Farley: “You possibly can’t be fats and do medicine, you simply can’t. You gotta choose one. I can converse from expertise.”

Arnold and the “Tommy Boy” actor grew shut sufficient that Farley served as greatest man at Arnold’s wedding ceremony to Julie Lynn Champnella in 1995. The bachelor social gathering went off the rails when Farley walked on stage bare on the well-known Scores strip membership. Occasion over. All of them acquired tossed out.

“He was bare loads,” Arnold stated. “There was no disgrace in his recreation.”

Farley died in December 1997 of a drug overdose at age 33.

Need assistance with substance use dysfunction or psychological well being points? Within the U.S., name 800-662-HELP (4357) for the SAMHSA Nationwide Helpline.


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