Jon Hamm jokes about alcoholism after one reporter's question about his recent rehabilitation treatment

The public statement came ahead of the launch of the final season of Mad Men, which premieres in April

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Jon Hamm’s publicist confirmed that the Mad Men actor, famed for his role as Don Draper, had recently completed treatment at a rehabilitation centre for alcohol abuse.

The public statement came ahead of the launch of the final season of the Emmy-winning drama, which premieres in April.

Hamm is already doing the promotional rounds for it. Asked by one reporter as he stood alongside the show’s creator Matthew Weiner yesterday, how he was, he said: “Nothing going on in my life.”

He was then questioned about his recent struggle with substance abuse.

At which point, USA Today reports, he replied: “I am as surprised as you are about the Apple Watch’s delayed release date. It was shocking to me.

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Jon Hamm as Don Draper in Mad Men

“Obviously, that’s information that has been released by third parties. It’s very personal and private, and I have nothing else to say on it.”

A spokesperson for Hamm had said in a statement on Tuesday: “With the support of his longtime partner Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm recently completed treatment for his struggle with alcohol addiction.

“They have asked for privacy and sensitivity going forward.”

Draper, is a brooding advertising executive who also turned to alcohol as he struggled to come to terms with his past.

“I don't drink as much as Don Draper,” Hamm told the Daily Mail in 2012. “I would be unconscious if I did.”

“I’m not that method,” he said of the difference between himself and his character in an interview with the Observer in 2013. “I am very cognisant that I am playing a character. Don Draper is a pretty dismal, despicable guy, so why I would want to take him home with me I don’t know.”

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