Comedian John Crist Opens Up About Faith, Credits Fans With Helping Save His Life After Scandal
Written by Contributor on February 16, 2022
Christian comedian John Crist “wanted to commit suicide” after he found himself in rehab amid a sexual harassment scandal that left him embarrassed, beside himself, and planning to leave comedy forever.
“I’ve been through a lot the last two years of my life,” Crist said during a recent comedy show. “I’ve been through a lot of embarrassing things.”
The comedian, who fluctuated between making the audience laugh and speaking about the severe nature of his 2019 scandal, admitted “there’s a lot of shame surrounding sex” and revealed where that shame took him.
“I wanted to commit suicide, and I went to rehab for four months,” said Crist.
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The comedian also recalled a touching moment after he left rehab. He found himself wearing a hood and sunglasses inside of a Five Guys restaurant, hoping no one would recognize him. Suddenly, a family called him over to chat. While Crist worried they would scold him, something incredible happened.
“[They said], ‘We just want to let you know that we love you and we care about you and we’ve been thinking about you,’” Crist recalled. “It was the first time in my life that people knew everything about me, and they still chose to love me.”
The comedian, who was thankful for that experience, also credited his fans for helping save his life.
“The people that are out here that bought tickets to my show saved my life in a lot of ways,” he said.