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Joe Buck Lied About Vocal Cord Issues As Cover For Hair Plug Addiction

Fox Sports' Joe Buck, who told viewers in 2011 that he had to miss time due to vocal cord issues, has revealed it was actually a cover for his hair plug addiction.

Buck made the revelation in his upcoming memoir, 'Lucky Bastard: My Life, My Dad, and The Things I'm Not Allowed To Say on TV'.

He says he got his first hair treatment at the age of 24 in 1993.

"I, Joseph Francis Buck, became a hair-plug addict," he says of frequent flights back to New York whenever he a break in his schedule.

"Broadcasting is a brutal, often unfair business, where looks are valued more than skill. I was worried that if I lost my hair, I would lose my job. O.K., that’s bull—. It was vanity. Pure vanity. I just told myself I was doing it for TV."

Buck says after one particular procedure in 2011 he discovered he lost his voice, with probably something used in the procedure affecting his vocal cord.

"I said it was a virus. I didn't say it was an elective procedure to add hair to the front of my head. It was embarrassing," he explains.

"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's now come to believe it was an "ego thing, whether I was on TV or not."

"I'm a flawed, hard-working, hard-trying person. I didn't write this book to change anyone else's life. I wrote this book to be as open and as honest as I can be."

October 7, 2016 |

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