The ER denies he was drunk in his bizarre Australia TV appearance

By People Staff
Updated July 02, 2007 06:00 PM

John Stamos says jet lag combined with a sleeping pill caused his bizarre behavior during an Australian morning show and a newspaper interview.

“I was not drinking. I did not drink either morning,” the ER star tells “I do not have an alcohol problem. I am not David Hasselhoff. This is not a pattern.”

Hasselhoff, who earlier this year was videotaped shirtless and rambling in his Las Vegas hotel room, has said he is a recovering alcoholic.

Stamos, on the other hand, says the jet lag and improper use of Ambien led to his odd interview with a reporter from Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and on the Australian chat show Mornings with Kerri-Anne last month during which he slurred his speech, read lines from the teleprompter and made lewd gestures in front of her.

“By the time I got to Australia my body was so out of whack,” says Stamos, who has told TV Guide his travel plans had included stops in New York, New Orleans, Greece, Japan and Cairo before landing Down Under on June 21.

A couple of days later, when Stamos was scheduled to promote ER, he says he was still feeling jet-lagged so “I took a sleeping pill at 5 in the morning, Ambien.” He says he made a mistake.

“Now I know that Ambien is an eight-hour sleeping pill so if you take it, you better get 8 hours sleep,” he says. “Do not take it at 5 in the morning.”

But Stamos says he does not regularly take the sleep aid, and would like to make up for the odd behavior.

“I really do feel bad. I hope Australia will give me a chance to redeem myself,” he tells TV Guide. “I love Australia. My plan is to retire there, still.”