Dax Shepard is revealing that he got temporarily banned from Conan O'Brien's talk show after a disastrous interview in 2004.
While speaking on Blake Griffin's Audible podcast "The Pursuit of Healthiness," the actor said he was in the thralls of his much-documented substance abuse addiction when he sat down with Conan that fateful evening.
"Professionally, the only wreckage I really had while I was an addict was I went on Conan and I had done the pre-interview in a blackout and I woke up to the hotel security shaking me awake, and I was with a stranger and the stranger had peed the bed, or I had peed the bed, someone had peed the bed," Dax said.
At the time, Dax had to get to Conan's set quickly.
"I had to be on Conan in literally 20 minutes from getting shook awake by a hotel security guard that my publicist convinced to open the room," he continued. "And I show up on the show, I don't know what [Conan] is talking about. I can tell he's queuing me up for stories I've told, but I don't know any of the stories. So, I'm just doing what I can to be funny out there and I am a mess."
The audience seemed receptive to Dax, but Conan knew the whole thing was a "disaster," the former "Punk'd" star indicated.
"I didn't know any of the stories. I broke a coffee table," he added. "So I was banned from that show for some years, until I got sober and I got myself back on it and now I've been on it a bazillion times, but that was probably the only career wreckage-y thing I did."
Last fall, the former "Parenthood" star announced that he had relapsed after 16 years of sobriety. To help keep his sobriety in tact, Dax said he and his wife, Kristin Bell, have taken steps to keep him honest. In a recent chat with Self magazine, the actress said they have drug tests at home.
"[Dax said,] 'You can drug-test me whenever you want. I'm going to buy some tests. I'm going to have them in the house. If you ever feel nervous, I want you to have access to this and I'll do it, no questions asked,'" she told the mag.
Kristen has yet to make him take one.
"He's just good at trying, and that's all you can ask of anyone. No one's perfect," she continued. "He's proven to me that he is committed to evolving and he loves personal growth."