Alex O'Loughlin to Take Leave From Hawaii Five-0 to Seek 'Treatment'

Hawaii Five-0 star Alex O’Loughlin will be sitting out at least one episode of the CBS series while he undergoes treatment for prescription pain medication, our sister site, Deadline, reports.

“Alex is taking a short break from Hawaii Five-0,” the actor’s rep said in a statement, “to receive supervised treatment for prescription pain medication due to a recent shoulder injury.”

The show, which is currently shooting Episode 20, will continue production as planned. And, even though there is no word yet as to how the absence of the leading man’s Detective Steve McGarrett will be explained, the series is expected to complete its Season 2 order.

“We respect and support Alex’s decision,” added CBS Studios. “Everyone at CBS Television Studios and Hawaii Five-0 wishes him well, and we look forward to his return.”

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101 Comments
  1. LJ says:

    I agree too, I don’t think people realise how easy it is to get addicted to pain medication, especially when pain itself is still present.

  2. Slappy san says:

    Took long enough. I noticed he was looking wrong a while ago. It was really bad the last episode that aired.

  3. Alyssa says:

    I don’t watch Hawaii, but he has been looking terrible for a long time now. He reminded me the way Charlie S. looked when he left Two and a Half Man. This was expected. I hope CBS keeps him in rehab until he is clean.

  4. MAUREEN says:

    I NOTICED THAT HE LOOKED THINNER ON THE LAST EPISODE.
    THIS IS MY FAVOURITE SHOW. I WISH HIM ALL THE BEST. HEALTH FIRST
    WE WILL AWAIT YOUR RETURN

    ALSO PLEASED TO SEE THAT THE EXTRA BLOND WOMAN HAS DEPARTED. JUST KEEP THE ORIGINAL 4, PLEASE

  5. Nikki Beech says:

    Best wishes for a quick recovery Alex. I agree with my fellow Twitterers, you’ve made a huge step toward recovery and only the brave face their demons head on!

  6. super alex fan says:

    Alyssa: For someone who doesn’t watch Hawaii Five-0, how are you able to say that he hasn’t looked good for a long time. If you don’t like him that is one thing but to make statements like those just makes you look silly.

  7. Emily says:

    My prayers are with Alex. I hope and pray he beats this. Which I have faith he will. I hope his friends and family as well as the Hawaii Five-0 family is standing by him. God bless and a speedy recovery.

  8. Jacqui says:

    I hope they’re not just treating him for “addiction,” but that they fix his shoulder so that it won’t be the source of chronic pain and further injury.

    He’s a treasure to watch…such an expressive face. My best to him and his family.

  9. Mago says:

    My prayers are with. Get better soon. Love you. Your the best. 5 0 is the best

  10. Steve says:

    Take care of you and come back, we miss you!

  11. Meghan says:

    I didn’t even notice that O’Loughlin was looking different! But as many people have said, good people (though none of us actually know O’Loughlin personally) can get addicted to pain medication. Take Cho from The Mentalist. Even though he is a fictional character, he is a good cop that got addicted to pain medication through no fault of his own. He was just a person in pain. Writers get this stuff from the real world. It can happen to anyone. And every situation is different.

  12. P Jones says:

    I really miss Alex and his character, not that the others aren’t doing a great job. Hope he is able to return soon. Best of luck to him.

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  15. samar says:

    I wish Alex will get better very soon not only because iam a huge fan who is dieng for the new episode of hawaii five o but also because i love Alex and his responsability on tv and personly best luck to Alex

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  17. I Wish You Well Alex, May God Bless You!

  18. linda says:

    I think I remember him taking time off a couple of years ago. He missed quite a few shows,but the series survived. If he thinks he needs time off, let him have it, and I’ll welcome him with open arms when he comes back.