'B****!' Elizabeth Vargas Says She Was Bullied At 'GMA'

Elizabeth Vargas Bullied At Good Morning America
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Sep. 15 2016, Updated 5:29 p.m. ET

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Elizabeth Vargas was "thrilled" when she was hired as an up-and-coming reporter at Good Morning America in the 90's — but she soon learned that the staff felt much differently about her arrival.

"I learned I was not welcome on my first morning there, when I was ushered to a tiny room to do my research and get into hair and makeup," the 54-year-old journalist writes in her new tell-all, Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction. "The rest of the cast were all in the big, bright room down the hall, filled with laughter and preshow bonding."

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As she settled into her new position, "unpleasant events" began happening around the newsroom, she claims.

"One morning, someone taped a paper with the word 'b***h' written on it to my chair," the mother of two reveals, "and unflattering stories about me started leaking to the gossip pages."

"I was rattled and defensive. It felt like I was back in third grade."

Horrified by the response, the young Vargas's childhood panic attacks returned.

"I would have a hard time catching my breath and would feel nauseous, terrified I would vomit," she recalls.

After about a year and a half at ABC, the journalist began downing wine to deal with the stress.

Of course, her drinking later spiraled into a serious addiction, landing her in rehab countless times.

Vargas is now in recovery following a disastrous relapse in the summer of 2014.

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