The Today show is promoting "a revealing personal announcement" from Charlie Sheen for Tuesday's program. The sitcom star sits down with Matt Lauer for a live interview and, while the NBC morning show isn't getting into details about what the announcement will be, TMZ and People report Sheen will reveal he is HIV-positive.
The Daily Mail reported last week that a porn star who claimed to have had sex with an "unnamed actor" feared he "may spiral out of control as he struggles to come to terms with the devastating diagnosis."
The story dropped numerous hints that the star in question was Sheen.
Sheen's hard-partying ways were on full display four years ago when he was fired from the hit CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men amid a very public meltdown during which he maintained he was "winning." As family members—including his father, the actor Martin Sheen—publicly pleaded for an intervention, Sheen sat down for TV interviews with the Today show, Good Morning America, CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight and others. Sheen bounced back, and in 2012 began starring in the FX sitcom Anger Management, which lasted two seasons.
"I've known about this a long time—it's not a surprise to me," Hollywood crisis manager Howard Bragman told People of the diagnosis. "I feel very sorry for his pain. And I hope it's used as a teachable moment for the world. This is a disease that can affect anyone."
Twenty-four years ago this month, NBA superstar Magic Johnson revealed he was HIV-positive. In 2013, he told CNN's Anderson Cooper, "I'm the blessing because people were talking about it, they ran out and got tested at that time." Johnson still has the virus, though it is in a dormant state.
This story first appeared on Adweek's TVNewser.