Fox Sports Announcer Joe Buck Says He Was Addicted to Hair Plugs
Buck discusses his addiction in his upcoming memoir, Lucky Bastard: My Life, My Dad, And The Things I’m Not Allowed To Say On TV, out Nov. 15.
“Broadcasting is a brutal, often unfair business, where looks are valued more than skill,” Buck writes, according to an excerpt in Sports Illustrated. “I was worried that if I lost my hair, I would lose my job. Okay, that’s bulls—-. It was vanity. Pure vanity.”
In 2011, Buck underwent his eight hair replacement procedure – but this time it went awry. When Buck woke up after the six-hour surgery, he was unable speak. He believes a cuff used to protect him during the procedure had moved and damaged his vocal cord.
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Buck did not want to tell his employer, family or friends what caused him to lose his voice, so he lied and said it was caused by a virus.
“I think people bend the truth all the time, unfortunately,” he tells Sports Illustrated. “It was really for self-preservation and ego for me. I didn’t say it was an elective procedure to add hair to the front of my head. There’s an embarrassing element to that.”
“Any surgery done to improve one’s looks is not really something someone wants to talk about, so it’s very cathartic to get this out,” he continues. “There are a lot of people across the country, as silly as this sounds, who obsess about hair loss. I would tell myself I needed to look younger, I needed to have thicker hair, I don’t want to look older than I am. The truth of it is that it was an ego thing, whether I was on TV or not.”