Country superstar Tim McGraw stops by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Tuesday (Feb. 5), where he talks about sobriety — and how he’s not wearing any underwear, which really seems like more of a problem when you’re not sober.

It comes up because Ellen gave him some Ellen underwear the last time he was there. She gives him a new basket of Ellen underwear, then asks:

Ellen: Are you wearing them right now?
Tim: No.
Ellen: Why not?
Tim: These pants were too tight to put underwear on. [laughs] Now I’ve really embarrassed my daughters. You caught me off guard. What was I supposed to say?
Ellen: It’s always good to be honest around here…

Then later, McGraw talks about being sober.

Ellen: Did some one event happen and you go, I can’t drink anymore or it kind of escalated?

Tim: Well, my life has been a series of events that told me I shouldn’t drink anymore probably.  But I felt like it was time to grow up a little bit for me. I’m not a middle of the road kind of guy. I’m usually the entire one  way or all the way the other way. When I decided I was drinking I usually drank so I just thought that it was time. Things weren’t going the way I wanted them to. People would probably say, you know what, I drink more than that or I didn’t drink that much. I think it’s a personal choice. When it gets to the point where you think it’s affecting you adversely and it’s affecting your relationships adversely, it’s time to make a change and I thought it was. I also thought my girls are getting older and I certainly wanted to have some good solid ground to stand on when I started talking to them about their situations.


Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."