Date: 16th February 2001

Theron Drunk On The Tonight Show

CHARLIZE THERON struggled through a late-night TV interview in a drunken haze lWednesday night (14FEB01).

THE CIDER HOUSE RULES star was promoting her latest film SWEET NOVEMBER on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO in America and admitted the show's generous backstage staff had "liquored" her up.

Theron revealed she was thrilled with the show's backstage bar service the last time she appeared on the programme to promote THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE at the end of 2000, and this time she made the most of it. She stumbled out onto the stage and proceeded to giggle through her interview, called for more drinks and slurred her words. She says, "They liquored me up and then I sit out here and I can't speak. I've got this pal backstage who has been serving me margaritas. My reputation just went down."

The actress was so intoxicated she agreed to show her appendix scar - and was rewarded with a fresh drink. (KL/WNV/KW)

Source: WENN