Jon Hamm confirms: he ‘recently completed’ a 30-day stint in rehab


Well, this might be the reveal to a few blind items from the past few years. As it turns out, Jon Hamm completed a 30-day rehab program very quietly at some point recently. It seems he timed the rehab stay so he would be free for the promotional work for the last half of the last season of Mad Men. CB theorized – and we’ll see today, probably – that Hamm confirmed his rehab stay possibly ahead of some tabloid revelation. Here’s what his rep confirmed to TMZ and People Magazine:

“With the support of his longtime partner Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm recently completed treatment for his struggle with alcohol addiction. They have asked for privacy and sensitivity going forward,” his rep said in a statement.

[From People]

Was Hamm known as some kind of crazy partier? Not really. There were stories about him enjoying drinks with friends, and there were stories about him going out and acting like a single guy, flirting with young ladies and maybe that was alcohol-lubricated. When I was looking through our archives, I did see this – some old stories from 2011 from the Enquirer about Hamm being a boozehound, and how he regularly fell out of bars because he was so sloshed. So maybe the National Enquirer was right about yet another celebrity.

In any case, good for Hamm for getting help. And it’s lovely that Jennifer is sticking by him – they really do seem stronger than most marriages.

PS… This also answers one question I had about Hamm’s general appearance this week in NYC – he looks noticably thinner, right? It’s because he’s laid off the booze. He’s not booze-bloated now.


Photos of Hamm out and about in NYC this week, courtesy of Fame/Flynet and WENN.

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  1. NewWester says:

    It just proves the point, that some celebrities can keep their private lives private. I wish Jon Hamm all the best.
    Btw: I love the socks he is wearing

    • smcollins says:

      Lol! Your comment hadn’t posted yet when I wrote mine. They are great, aren’t they? 🙂

      • NewWester says:

        My grandson saw the pic and calls them “happy socks” because Jon looks happy!

    • Kitten says:

      I love his whole outfit.

      He’s cute.

    • MediaMaven says:

      Is he the one person that purchased Arthur George socks at Nordstrom for $40 a pair? Probably not – sorry Rob! 🙂

    • pnichols says:

      exactly. if you want your life to stay private, it does. good for him. and props to her.

  2. smcollins says:

    Good for him! I wish him health, happiness, and continued sobriety.
    Now, on a superficial note, I’m loving those socks! 😉

    • Esmom says:

      Funky socks seem to be a huge thing for men now. My husband just started a new job and felt like needed to upgrade his style game and he bought a ton of cool socks in bright colors and patterns (among other things). Super cute!

      • Kitten says:

        I blame Rob Kardashian.

        Just kidding. I need to talk to my boyfriend about his sock situation..he seems behind the times with his basic blacks.

      • Esmom says:

        Oh no, I forgot about his sock biz. Could he really be singlehandedly responsible for such a major trend?

        How about gently nudging your bf by gifting him with a cute pair of striped ones? My husband got the greatest ones in mustard and orange and blue palettes. With his new slim cut pants and stylish new shoes I feel like I hardly know the guy!

      • Bridget says:

        Socks are one of the few ways that men can add some snazz to their wardrobe, especially in a professional setting. And no, Rob K is not some sort of fashion savant 🙂

      • JenniferJustice says:

        Funky socks are all my son cares about fashion-wise. The brighter and crazier, the better. At least socks are cheap. Even the more expensive ones are affordable.

      • lunchcoma says:

        I’m another fan of the sock trend!

    • K says:

      Try J Crew men’s…. They have some great prints and patterned men’s socks for around $12.00

  3. Lucy2 says:

    Glad he recognized the problem and sought help, best of luck to him in his recovery.

  4. Esmom says:

    Good for him, I hope he stays healthy. I was just having this discussion last night while out with some friends…one was talking about how she doesn’t “get” why people would choose to drink heavily or do drugs, or how people can fall into addiction.

    It sparked a good discussion about how some people just aren’t wired for moderation, that no one would choose to be addicted and unhealthy but that they’re probably self medicating for some underlying issue that they don’t have other tools to address. Here’s hoping he’s learned some solid skills to keep up his sobriety.

    • MrsBPitt says:

      @Esmom…it drives me crazy, when someone says they don’t GET why people become addicted to alcohol or drugs or both…Of course, they don’t CHOOSE it! Not yelling at you, Esmom, it just frustrates me, when I hear people say “why don’t they just stop” like it’s just that easy…and yes, much of addiction is self medicating, some of it’s genetic, but it is also a physical addiction, and that is what a lot of people don’t understand or won’t believe…I had an addiction specialist tell me once “if you are an addict, you can’t explain what it’s like to be one, to someone who isn’t one, and if you aren’t an addict, you will never understand what it’s like to be one”. I am an alcoholic, who has been in recovery for a long time. I can remember, family members saying to me “just stop”…like it was that easy…it takes a lot of determination, and strength, and learning to deal with problems, without reaching for the wine bottle (my drug of choice)…I’ve relapsed many times, after being sober for years and my crazy brain, telling me, “you can probably just have one or two, after all this time”…yeah, I can’t….cause BOOM…next thing I knew, days had gone by…would anyone CHOOSE that…anyway, sorry for the rant…

      • libertyIII says:

        @MrsBPitt… as someone also in recovery, I agree with everything you’ve said. I had to reach the stage where ‘doing the same thing over again and expecting different results = insanity’ where hitting the wine bottle was the ‘same thing’. Hope Jon Hamm kicks it, not easy, but it can be done.

      • Nina says:

        I empathize. My dad has and had alcohol issue and while alcohol is not my drug of choice, food and the Internet is mine. Maybe it’s not to the point where it’s interfered with normal functioning, but I can go into a food binge that causes me to lose a grip on time and space. It’s about self medication and yes, it is very hard to control, even though you want not to fall into the abyss. And people who don’t understand are lucky.

    • Esmom says:

      MrsBPitt, Vent away, I can understand your frustration and I’m glad you’re healthy now. I feel there’s a parallel to depression and anxiety, when people expect someone who’s fighting with everything they have just to function to just “snap out of it.” So much misunderstanding and stigma, makes me nuts. Wishing you continued strength.

    • **sighs** says:

      I think everyone has something to deal with. I personally don’t really understand addiction to substances because I just don’t have that issue. I also don’t tend to depression, so I really don’t have a true understanding of that either, even though my other half will occasionally go through mild bouts of it. But I definitely have some OCD, and my hubs doesn’t understand why I get obsessed about certain things, because he doesn’t have that problem.

      I think we can all learn to empathize, but until you have an issue yourself, you’re never truly going to understand what it’s like for someone who does.

      • Norma Desmond says:

        I am a recovering alcoholic. Next month I’ll have one year of sobriety.

        It’s heartbreaking when I hear people say “why can’t they control it? ” because, as an addict, 100% of your time is spent trying to do just that. To control, to moderate, to not be addicted. Saying that to someone struggling with alcoholism is really just digging the knife deeper. I’m always happy to hear celebrities openly discuss seeking treatment in hopes that it breeds discussion to better understand addiction.

        Best of luck to Mr Hamm!

      • Abba says:

        Wishing you all the best 🙂

    • Kitten says:

      Count me in the Drives Me Crazy Camp.

      But people make the same kind of comments about eating disorders.
      “Why would she do that to herself?”
      “She’s so vain.”
      etc, etc

      People fear what they don’t understand. One’s default way of attempting to wrap one’s head around something that is so mystifying is to try to relate to it using one’s own mindset and personal experiences. This tactic doesn’t work because people who suffer from addiction, depression, eating disorders etc, don’t have the same genetic makeup, the same life experience, the same coping mechanisms, or the same… as everyone else.

      I wish more people would back off with the judgment, and realize that they don’t NEED to “get” it, they just need to accept it and empathize the best way that they can.

      • Esmom says:

        “I wish more people would back off with the judgment, and realize that they don’t NEED to “get” it, they just need to accept it and empathize the best way that they can.”


      • Birdix says:

        oh Kitten, I wish you could talk to my mom. It would save us so much time and heartache.

      • StumpyCorgi says:

        Yes! What so many people fail to appreciate is that mental illness hijacks your normal thought processes. Of course it doesn’t make sense to someone who doesn’t suffer from it! But is it really so hard to understand and respect it on an intellectual level? Addiction is NOT a choice, neither is depression, anxiety, or eating disorders. I’ve lost friends to addiction and it enrages me to hear people vilify them. They didn’t chose to be irresponsible. The first drink, yes, they chose that, but so what? They couldn’t have known that addiction would follow. No one chooses to be an addict. It’s not a matter of being a bad person, it’s a matter of brain chemistry. I have had depression since I was a child, and being blamed for having a bad attitude, being lazy, being weak, etc., does not help. People who struggle with invisible illnesses are incredibly strong to make it through each day. To anyone else out there dealing with with these issues, I commend you for your strength and courage!

  5. Pinky says:

    Said in my best Gomer Pyle voice: “Surprise, surprise, surprise!” Still, I find him refreshing in many ways (when he’s not womanizing).

  6. Nya says:

    “Was Hamm known as some kind of crazy partier? Not really. ”

    I woudn’t say that. There are TONS of stories about him being a raging drunk, and hitting on other women while Jennifer is right next to him. Maybe these stories weren’t in the tabloids, but they were definitely out there, along with lots of blind items about his behavior.

    • tealily says:

      Yeah, but those stories didn’t really have the “partier” vibe to them. Stories like that sound more like a guy with a problem than a guy out having fun. And at least in some of the stories, It sounded like he was out drinking alone.

      Good for him. He’s a talented guy and other than the drinking/ picking up women stories, he’s always seemed like a really decent guy. I hope this is a new chapter for him. Good luck, Jon.

    • lunchcoma says:

      There were a lot of stories. I think what people might be meaning when they say that is that he doesn’t have a reputation for brawling, hasn’t been arrested for drunk driving, and has apparently been able to work without causing massive disruptions on set. And all that really means is that he was relatively functional as far as alcoholics go. I’m glad he realized he needed help and got some.

  7. Talie says:

    The word is that the whole cast of Mad Men go pretty hard…they had that rep during awards season.

    Sounds like he was going to be outed though and that’s unfortunate.

  8. outstandingworldcitizen says:

    Love John. Wishing him the best. I always thought those disheveled photos of him were telling. Takes on to know one.

  9. launicaangelina says:

    I love Jon Hamm and wish him all the best.

  10. Mom2two says:

    Good for him. I wish him all the best with his sobriety. I am glad he took care of himself.

  11. Lilacflowers says:

    Wishing him the best.

  12. Rhiley says:

    Proud of him, and hope he sticks with it. Also, I could stare at his shoes and socks in the first picture for hours. So posh, so masculine. Lovely.

  13. Rebecca says:

    Good for him! I have always liked Jon! He is Missouri just like me, so that helps!

    • snowflake says:

      he is?! I’m from missouri too!

      • anniefannie says:

        Me too! He taught at a St Louis high school (John Burrough’s) that’s two blocks from my childhood home. I was bummed that I never bumped into him…

  14. minx says:

    I’m a fan, wish him the best.

  15. bette says:

    Good for him and congratulations for keeping it quiet.

    You would think his girlfriend would need rehab with all the facial plastic surgery she’s had. Her face always looks like it’s contorted in some painful position

  16. Eleonor says:

    Good for him !
    I find him so damn elegant in that photo, some men more get older more charme they get.

  17. Comity says:

    Dude had a tough start as a kid. Those things sometimes come back to haunt as you age. Emotional pain is so complex and numbing it seems like the only option. This may be why his career has been a little lagging when he really is leading man material. Hope he does well.

    • Cindy says:

      What happened in his childhood? He’s a fantastic actor, love Mad Men. Wish him well.

      • lunchcoma says:

        His mother died when he was 10 and his father when he was 20. I don’t think that has much to do with alcoholism, but that’s a lot for someone young to deal with.

  18. Tracy says:

    Well, good for you, John Hamm. Taking care of business. You go.

  19. Murphy says:

    Best Wishes Jon.

  20. meme says:

    That is one hella handsome man. All the best to him in his recovery. TMZ is the devil. They found out about Jon being in rehab and of course ran with it.

  21. Sadezilla says:

    Nothing to say but good for you, Jon Hamm! I love stories about normal people being normal and responsible.

  22. Kori says:

    Having had both my parents enter AA when I was 12 and seeing my nephew struggle for years with heroin, my heart and best wishes always go out to people in recovery. Hamm has also noted before that he suffers from depression which can often lead to self-medicating which can result in a drinking/drug problem. I hope he can get help for the underlying issues to help with his sobriety.

  23. Becks says:

    I just love this picture of him. And those socks!! I would gladly be his “number three” 😍😜

  24. friday says:

    I’m glad he’s healthier now, but it worked for the character that he *looked* like an alcoholic while he was playing one. What I mean is that at least the show wasn’t sending the message that a middle-aged alcoholic would show no physical signs of the problem. Don Draper, along with Hamm, has looked bloated and tired (on and off) over the last few seasons. I realize the show had no say in the matter or intention to have it this way, but it was maybe the one positive consequence of a bad situation.

  25. Lucy says:

    Good for him! Glad he’s okay.

  26. Santolina says:

    Point of information: Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt are not married, although he has been quoted as saying he considers himself married.

  27. Happy21 says:

    My GOD he is gorgeous! Don Draper in character is hot but Jon otherwise is meh – that is until the beard came along. Good lord!!

  28. HoustonGrl says:

    He’s so fuc*ing cute in those pictures. Maybe he went through a hard time because mad men is over. I think actors sometimes struggle with the loss of the character they have been playing for many years.

  29. PunkyMomma says:

    Wishing Jon strength and health. It’s a tough thing, addiction.

  30. guest says:

    My son is a recovering alcohol and drug addict. He was deep in it for over 20 years. He was functioning and always had a job and was a hard worker . About 2 years ago it got so bad I told him I could not be around him anymore and that was a hard thing for me to do as a mother. He had many troubles with the law but had a good lawyer. But his luck ended when he was sent to jail for 30 days. He got out after 20 days. The jail time was a blessing in disguise. The counsellor helped him to get into one of the best rehabs in our country. He has been clean and sober for over 18 months. I attended the family program at the rehab and I learned a lot I did not know and it was some of the hardest emotional time I ever went through. This is a very important part of rehab for families.

  31. Sassback says:

    He may be thinner because of the alcohol but also because he’s done filming Mad Men-the actors on Mad Men had to stay very period body type apparently, little exercise, etc. If I remember correctly, January Jones talked about balancing the Mad Men lack of exercise with having to tone properly for her X-Men role. They had to stay good-looking but not be excessively well-kept or something.

  32. K says:

    On a much more superficial note – has anyone seen him (spoiler?) on Tina Feys new Netflix show, “the unbreakable kimmy Schmidt”? He has a couple guest appearances and is hilarious. He has such great comedic ability!

    • Santolina says:

      Haven’t seen him on TUKS, but he was funny playing opposite Tina on “30 Rock” as a geeky doctor. He was also hilarious on SNL and opposite Kristen Wiig in “Bridesmaids.” More comedy please, Mr. Hamm!

  33. Jib says:

    I am getting my substance abuse counseling license. Most addictions are due to underlying mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, ADD, ADHD, bipolar disorder. When people say, “Just stop!!” they have no clue. You have to treat the underlying disease before the person won’t feel the need to self-medicate anymore.

    My best wishes to Jon Hamm. He seems like a great guy and I hope he stays sober. Can’t be easy in his life.

  34. Sarah says:

    Oh, so does this mean he’s no longer going to act like a total douchebag?