Scott Baio Takes To Facebook To Explain Why He Made Those Rude AF Comments About Her Addiction Issues & Death
Scott Baio is definitely kicking himself right about now.
As we previously reported, the 56-year-old made headlines this week after he said some pretty rude things about his late Happy Days costar, Erin Moran. Tsk, tsk.
In case you forgot, after Miz Moran seemingly died from complications from stage four cancer over the weekend, Scott implied that his Joanie Loves Chachi costar died due to drug and alcohol abuse. Ice cold, man.
And now, the Donald Trump supporter is regretting his unkind words about Erin’s past battle with addiction. According to TMZ, Baio claims he NEVER would’ve brought up Erin’s drug and alcohol abuse if he knew she had been battling cancer. Apparently, Scott read a report on Sunday which suggested the late actress possibly passed away from a heroin overdose. So, when he walked into his Bernie & Sid radio interview, he thought that was Erin’s cause of death.
In fact, the industry vet was so harsh about his former TV love interest’s death because he was upset that Erin had "supposedly" succumbed to her addiction after wrestling with sobriety for years. Of course, hours after he finished the interview, Indiana authorities revealed it was likely cancer which took the thespian from us.
The New York native says if he had known the true cause of death he would’ve absolutely kept his mouth shut. It’s said Erin never disclosed her diagnosis to Scott or his wife Renee (who is a cancer survivor) — and Mrs. Baio spoke to her husband’s costar just last month. Maybe she knew the Baios weren’t the most supportive duo?? *Shrugs*
Anywho, Baio has since reiterated this defense on Facebook as he has written:
"Saturday, April 22nd around 3:30 PM my wife received a text message saying Erin Moran had died. I couldn’t believe it. NO PRESS OR MEDIA HAD REPORTED THIS. I thought it may be a hoax. Shortly after that TMZ reported this to be true, along with every other news outlet to follow. I was sad, in disbelief, sick to my stomach, and in complete shock.
Sunday, April 23rd I sat in my office, collected my thoughts to post a statement. I wanted to remember all the best, my most fondest times with Erin. I was still trying to process this loss. Later that evening, the Internet and television stations were blasting headlines ‘Erin Moran died due to a heroine overdose.’ This made me very upset and angry. This is one of my worse fears for her, or anyone else. Especially in this business. I was on an emotional rollercoaster. I hadn’t slept well since the news of her passing.
Monday, April 24th at 6AM Pacific time I did a live radio interview. I was asked ONLY about Erin’s troubled past due to drug & alcohol abuse. I was still upset and said I felt that living that kind of a lifestyle will catch up with you and nothing good would come of it. THIS WAS BEFORE THE CAUSE OF DEATH WAS ANNOUNCED STATING STAGE 4 CANCER.
Now it seems every news outlet & tabloid wants to paint a different picture of me and of what really happened. They’re stating that I’m saying drugs caused her to die after it was reported stage 4 cancer. This is so wrong! Now I truly understand the meaning of ‘Fake News.’ This is crazy.
I’m also trying to process this loss. Erin was my very first real girlfriend. My wife and Erin contacted each other and spoke often for over a decade. I even had her on my reality show years ago. I DID reach out to her over a span of 30 years.
Please stop assuming the worse in me. I’m a compassionate person. I’m very heartbroken over her passing, especially since it was cancer. I don’t see people going after or attacking every network that said it was a drug overdose. I’ve openly stated my truths. I’m done."
Huh. Regardless, we’re sure Erin’s loved ones are regretful for Scott’s apology. Rest in peace, Erin.