Kate Ritchie has taken to social media to reassure fans that she is “fine” and will be back on her radio show in a few weeks.
After confirming she was undergoing rehab for alcohol addiction at a Sydney clinic, the former Home and Away star, 44, published the news on her stories on Friday.
The announcement comes after the radio star’s dramatic exit from Nova’s Kate, Tim and Joel show in October.
Kate Ritchie has taken to social media to reassure fans that she is “fine” and will be back on her Nova radio show in a few weeks. The star is currently being rehabilitated at a clinic in Sydney for alcohol addiction. Image: Kate Ritchie
Kate sounded ready to recover after her personal dramas in her message, which appeared on the announcer’s official Instagram.
“Hi everyone, I’ll be away for a few more weeks,” the popular star wrote.
“But in the meantime make sure you tune in to the guys who will be back live in the studio from 4pm on Monday!
“By the way, I’m fine and I’m looking forward to 2023.”
The announcement comes after the radio star’s dramatic departure from Nova’s show Kate, Tim and Joel in October after being charged with drunk driving just weeks earlier
Singer Ricki-Lee Coulter will fill in for the actress on the Kate, Tim and Joel show beginning Monday at 4 p.m.
Kate attached a photo of the Drive-Time team’s Nova studios to the post.
It comes after Ritchie revealed in December that she checked into a private rehab center in Sydney to get help for “alcohol addiction”.
Pictured: Kate included this photo from the Nova studios in her post on Friday
Kate sounded ready to recover after her personal dramas in her message, which appeared on the announcer’s official Instagram (pictured).
The actress and radio host said in a statement the past year has been challenging and stressful, leading to an “unhealthy addiction to alcohol”.
It came just days after she was spotted entering an exclusive rehab clinic in Sydney.
Ritchie also confirmed at the time that she would be taking a break from her Nova Drive show until 2023.
The actress and radio host said in a statement the past year has been challenging and stressful, leading to an “unhealthy addiction to alcohol”. Pictured Kate and co-star Tim Blackwell (left)
She resigned from the Kate, Tim and Joel program in October after being charged with drunk driving a few weeks earlier.
“As previously announced, I’m taking a break until next year. The past year has been incredibly emotionally challenging, as has an unrelenting schedule, stress and lack of sleep. I realized this had led to an unhealthy addiction to alcohol,” she said in her statement.
“So I decided to use this time to do something positive by getting the help I need from professionals specialized in this field.
Pictured Kate and her co-hosts Tim Blackwell and Joel Creasey
“As anyone would understand, this is a very big step for me. I want to sincerely thank everyone who supports me.”
The center runs inpatient and day programs for those who “have problems with alcohol and other drugs” and the “assessment and treatment of mental illness.”
The clinic has a “multidisciplinary team of consulting psychiatrists and addiction specialists, nurses, exercise physiologists, social workers, psychologists and psychotherapists”.
Singer Ricki-Lee Coulter will fill in for the actress on the Nova show beginning Monday at 4 p.m
The clinic is popular with on-air talent because it’s relatively discreet.
“They have a good strike rate and day programs allow patients to come and go and continue to see family and work while they get help,” a source said.
“This time of year is also perfect because it’s a no-ratings time, most people aren’t vacationing in the city, and networks are shutting down.”
Ritchie surprised listeners in October when she announced she was leaving her hit Nova Drive show for the rest of the year due to stress.
Shortly after the announcement, a radio insider claimed that she may not return to the Nova Drive program and could be replaced by assistant co-host Ricki-Lee Coulter.
It comes after Ritchie revealed last month that she checked into a private rehab center in Sydney to get help for “alcohol addiction”.