CNN’s Richard Quest goes into rehab

CNN and CNN International reporter Richard Quest has predictably gone into rehab as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. You may remember that Quest was arrested with methamphetamine in his pocket in Central Park last Friday. Equally surprising was that Quest had a rope tied around his genitalia and some sort of sex toy in his boot at the time. Quest was in the park around 3:45 in the morning, well after it’s closed. I’m guessing it was the rope that made police really pay attention – otherwise they probably would have just yelled at him to get out of the park.

As part of his plea deal, the charges against Quest will be dropped, pending successful completion of his treatment.

CNN’s UK-born presenter Richard Quest has embarked on a course of drug rehabilitation following his arrest last Friday in New York. The US news broadcaster today issued a statement confirming that Quest, a familiar face on the network, had entered a “drug rehabilitation facility” on the orders of a judge following his arrest.

“At this time, CNN’s primary concern is for his health and wellbeing. We look forward to Richard returning to CNN International,” the broadcaster said in a statement. A CNN spokesman declined to “speculate” on when Quest would return to the network he joined in 2001. He began his career as a BBC news trainee in 1985 and spent 16 years at the corporation.

During a court arraignment early on Saturday, he agreed to undergo drug counseling and therapy for the next six months in order to avoid a prison sentence. At CNN Quest has made his name as a business reporter and presenter. He also hosts the monthly specials CNN World Business Traveler and fronted the Quest series of shows on diverse subjects.

[From the Guardian]

It will be interesting to see what kind of career awaits Richard Quest at CNN. The network is notoriously intolerant of their employees getting any kind of press for anything outside the direct scope of their jobs. They fired producer Chez Pazienza for running his popular blog Deus Ex Malcontent. What in the world do you think a dildo in the shoe will get Richard Quest?

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  1. Ewww!!! says:


  2. Orphinia says:

    Yes, yes….so predictable….as if we didn’t know that. Rehab is the cure all for whatever ails you…right…

  3. xiaoecho says:

    what a drag for him….off to the naughty corner for you!

  4. xxx says:

    Yes, that’s a shocker.

  5. california angel says:


  6. AC says:

    :P lol CA Angel that made me laugh.

  7. Bodhi says:

    It took me a little while to remember him from CNN, but now I do. I hope he gets the help he needs…

  8. Alexis says:

    and no one cares. You forgot to add that to the end of the headline.

  9. journey says:

    what will a dildo in his boot get him career-wise? probably his own reality show. :wink:

  10. Kevin says:

    If he isn’t an american citizen he should be deported back to the land of no dental care…the U.K.

  11. mollination says:

    DEAD ON, Journey! I didn’t even think about that. ….hmm…Dildo of Love? QUEST for sobriety? There’s a lot you can do with that name and some meth. Geez, lighten up CNN! Ratings Gold!

  12. Mandy says:

    I knew his energy was not normal.

  13. Cindy Kennedy says:

    Rehab, yes of course. Very predictable. Very.

  14. Sasha says:

    I guess ‘going into rehab’ in 21st century has became the excuse that ‘finding Jesus’ was for the 20th ?

  15. Tia C says:

    Not a broad generalization at all, but those Brits sure are sexually warped, aren’t they? WTF?! Don’t know if rehab will help that guy, but yes, Sasha, think you got it right!

  16. Brit in Budapest says:

    Dear Richard, always thought he brightened up Cnn with his quirky ways and comments.Always walking around in that mac and wearing a suit and a tie on every continent must have brought forward ‘Naughty boy in school uniform’ syndrome! If he wants to play silly buggers and tie his knob up to a dildo and his neck in Boy Scout fashion, so be it;but doing meth and then blabbing his mouth off was his undoing, but without the drugs, he would be just a simple perv.Politians kill people with their lies, Richard just needs help. :D :D I’m looking fwd to Quest on Larry King.

  17. rere says:

    i want richard quest to get back on cnn! without him cnn seems boring now

  18. Lauren says:

    So nu? are you out of rehab yet???? Miss you on CNN sweetie!! Please come back! X X X :wink:

  19. fron says:

    This guy is too obnoxious, send him back to the park, earning minimum wages

  20. Brianoh says:

    Good to see Richard Quest back on prime time. Not sure how long he has been back, but I have only seen him in minor roles until recently. I hate hype, however I recognise the need for some personality on the news. There is another channel that I watch news on, and I find myself continually moving from it out of boredom. Richard has personality and adds his little touches of humour to situations. As I said, in general I hate hype, but I do appreciate seeing people like Richard, and there are not many.

  21. ana says:

    Dear Richard,

    You´re something special. I adore CNN only because of you, your unique personality, style…Don´t listen malicious person – you´re unique, you´re the best. Other may look at you and learn from you if they want. You´re,simply, the best – remember that in each moment in your life, in bad and good days and go on with selfconfidence stronger than ever!

  22. Peter Lewis says:

    Not surprised at all. What an idiot he is…not like the rest of the professional presenters on CNN. Stay where you are Richard, you’re an idiot of note!!!!