Where is Bam Margera now? He’s on the road to recovery

If you look closely enough, you’ll spot Bam Margera on the latest Jackass film. Previously, however, Bam wasn’t a person you struggled to find in a Jackass film – he was one of the starring jackasses. Jackass started as a comedy reality series featuring Steve-O, Johnny Knoxville, Bam, Ryan Dunn, and other pranksters. 

The controversial series spawned multiple spin-offs and the beloved movie series. Fans expected Bam to rediscover himself on Jackass after years of drug abuse and mental health struggles, but his absence in the latest film only highlighted the shocking depths of his tragic fall. 

Thankfully, Bam Margera has accepted help and has started the arduous climb to recovery. 

Bam Margera is in rehab and is reportedly making ‘great progress.’

In September 2021, officers from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a disturbance at the Don CeSar Hotel in St. Pete Beach, Florida. 

Police found that Bam had a legal order obligating officers to take him to rehab. Therefore, rather than take him into custody, they drove him to rehab, where he continues on his recovery. 

Bam has struggled with drug abuse and a litany of mental health issues for years. In February 2021, he opened up about his manic bipolar disorder diagnosis:

“Yesterday, I had to go so batshit bonkers crazy for not knowing an answer the last year and a half whether we’re doing Jackass 4. I had to deal with the madness to finally know the answer. Now I know exactly what I want and it’s fucking awesome and it’s going to be in a way where everyone wins in the end.”

Everybody hopes that this isn’t another false dawn for Margera: he’s spent time in rehab, only to relapse shortly after abandoning treatment. Via a recent Instagram post – most likely uploaded by his family – Bam expressed a desire to get better after decades of struggle. 

The post claims that Bam doesn’t want to let his family or fans down. It adds that Bam’s loved ones will keep supporting the recovering star. The hopeful caption reads:

“With that, Bam’s trusted lifetime friends and family are united on all fronts. Not only help Bam through his recovery but also to support others struggling with addiction and mental health. In short, Bam is making great progress, and 100% focused on his health, and his family. We, including Bam, will keep you updated.”

Margera was fired from Jackass 4 for breaching a wellness agreement

Despite all the struggles faced by Bam, Jackass’ creators wanted him to feature in the 2022 film. However, he had to adhere to a strict wellness agreement to star in the movie.

On the Knockin’ Doorz Down podcast, Margera had stated that all the negative press he’d attracted threatened his appearance on Jackass. He alleged that Paramount viewed him as a liability, and Jeff Tremaine had to fight for him to star in the film.  

Bam’s wellness agreement with the production team allegedly required him to stay sober, see a psychologist, take medication, submit to routine drug tests, and blow into a breathalyzer. He was let go after violating the terms of his agreement. 

After his firing, Bam said that Jackass 4 forced him into rehab, which he attended, thinking he would earn big from the film. Margera told TMZ:

“I went there [rehab] thinking I was going to do 30 days but they insisted that I do 90 days. And I’m like, ‘All right, is this on my bill or yours?’ Well, it’s on mine. Well, alright. I don’t want to do it but I’ll do it because you give me $5 million every time we do a movie or more.”

Bam added that he left rehab with countless medications to treat his depression and ADHD. Margera said that the drugs impacted his mental health, leading to suicidal thoughts. “What the fuck is the point of having the money if I’m not here anymore, because I was gonna die of a pill overdose or suicidal thoughts?” Margera said

Bam equated his treatment on set to torture. “It was the definition of fucking torture,” Bam said

In May 2021, Margera posted a video stating he was in Florida getting help from a woman who’d treated celebrities. Bam said he felt betrayed, rejected, and abandoned by the Jackass crew, specifically Jeff Tremaine and Johnny Knoxville. 

Jackass star Steve-O responded via a comment defending Tremaine and Knoxville and praising them for saving his life. Steve-O said Margera could only blame himself for his dismissal from Jackass:

“Everyone bent over backwards to get you in the movie, and all you had to do was not get loaded. You’ve continued to get loaded, it’s that simple. We all love you every bit as much as we all say we do, but nobody who really loves you can enable you or encourage you to stay sick.”

Bam sued Jackass’ production team, but there seem to be no hard feelings against him

Bam told TMZ that he had no choice but to sue Jackass for what he considered unfair termination. Margera filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles against the production team, demanding millions of dollars in damages to compensate for inhumane, abusive, and discriminatory treatment. 

Margera claimed that he signed the wellness agreement under pressure, and the team still fired him despite his adherence to the draconian contract. The filing read:

“Margera did not slip up. He followed the provisions of the Wellness Agreement to a tee, at great personal cost. Defendants’ treatment of Margera exacerbated his mental health issues and led to suicidal thoughts. But all of this notwithstanding, and without even giving Margera an opportunity to explain, Paramount fired him.”

The suit claimed that the production team dismissed Bam for using Adderall, a drug he’d allegedly taken for years to treat his attention deficit disorder.

Johnny Knoxville told Variety that everybody wanted to see Bam in the film, but it didn’t work out. Knoxville added that the team cares about Bam’s recovery:

“It’s really heartbreaking. I love Bam. We all love Bam. He’s our brother, you know? You just hope that he takes it upon himself to get the help that he needs, because we all care about him a lot.”

When asked if the lawsuit surprised him, Knoxville responded: “Yes and no. Because he’s in such a way that anything’s possible. So, something will break your heart – but it might not shock you.”

Many people have offered support to Bam, including skating legend Tony Hawk. Bam appeared in the third installment of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. Hawk told LADBible:

“Maybe if that timeline had shifted a bit, it would have worked out for them. But I don’t really have the great details of it, I just want to see Bam get better and I want to see him in a good place and healthy mentally. There will be plenty of other opportunities for him. But most important is for him to get healthy for his family.”

Jeff Tremaine obtained a restraining order against Bam Margera

Jeff Tremaine, the director and co-creator of Jackass, ignored Bam’s disparaging public statements, but he took action after Bam allegedly threatened him and his family. 

TMZ reported that Bam started harassing Jeff in February 2021, when the production team axed him from the film. Court documents stated that Jeff feared for his and his family after Bam sent threatening messages to the director. 

Bam reportedly wanted Jeff to sign a contract that he’d drafted. Tremaine said that he received alarming texts, including this particularly ominous one:

“Look at your children and grab your pocket book and write a check, if you are greedy, and cheap, look at your children again. If you don’t sign the paper, look at your children.”

In June 2021, the court granted Jeff a restraining order ordering Margera to stay at least 100 yards away from Tremaine and his family for the next three years. 

Bam struggled to deal with the death of his close friend Brian Dunn

Bam’s first checked into rehab in December 2009 following an intervention by friends and family. He didn’t complete the program; however, his drug problem appeared manageable at the time as it didn’t affect his career. 

However, Ryan Dunn’s death in a drunk-driving accident in June 2011 sent Bam into a downward spiral. Bam said he lost control over his drinking after injuries derailed his skateboarding career. In 2016, he told People:

“I took a five-year hiatus from skating because I had bone spurs, so instead I was making money by doing nightclub appearances, which basically was shooting photos and taking shots with the locals. So I was shitbag wasted every night.”

In a 2017 interview with Vice, Bam said he’d developed bulimia due to his alcohol dependency. “If I’m drunk, I’ll stuff my fucking face with spaghetti,” he said. “I would eat it, barf it all up, and it was like, I got my fill… but it was all pretty much due to alcohol.”

Bam had several stints in rehab, but he kept relapsing. In an interview with The Nine Club With Chris Roberts in 2017, Margera said he’d been ‘mostly sober’ since 2015. 

In early 2018, Margera entered rehab after a DUI arrest and allegedly stayed sober for seven months. The court ordered him to complete a three-month online alcohol program and 10 AA meetings. 

In an August 2018 interview with TMZ, Steve-O lamented that Bam had relapsed. Steve-O said that he saw the signs that Bam would relapse. He noted that Bam had to change his behaviors if he wanted to stay sober:

“It becomes years and years just slipping through your fingers, and at a certain point if you have alcoholism—I don’t think anyone shows up in rehab by mistake. If you’ve got alcoholism, you’ve gotta do what the sober people do. That’s all there is to it.”

Bam has blamed loss, professional pressure, injuries for his troubles, but he’s stopped complaining and seems committed to getting better. Everybody hopes that the beloved star will recover, rebuild broken relationships, and possibly, star on screen again.