Celebrities Who Dropped Big News on Talk Shows  

Jacob Shelton
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Usually celebrities on talk shows are only making an appearance to talk about their new movie, or maybe an autobiography that they’re releasing, but sometimes stars let down their guards and reveal something about themselves that’s truly interesting and revealing. Charlie Sheen did this in 2015 to reveal that he is HIV-positive, and also to get out from under an alleged blackmail scheme surrounding his illness.

Celebrity gossip on talk shows is usually made up of silly anecdotes that exist to make the star seem likable, but when a celeb drops a bombshell the way Sheen did it serves to remind the viewing public that stars are more like us than we realize, and that they’re sometimes dealing with very real problems. This list of celebrities that dropped big news during a talk show appearance is full of wild stories, and admissions that will change the way you see these celebrities forever.

Occasionally, when stars are going to make an admission on a chat show, the episode is publicized in a way that can seem calculated. But sometimes getting the most eyes on celebrity talk show appearances can be important. When Ellen came out in 1997 and tied in that announcement with an Oprah interview, it was probably the right thing to do.

Many of the celebrities on this list of stars who dropped big news at talk shows are equally as brave, so read on to hear their stories and admissions.
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To Whom They Broke the News: Martin Bashier

In the television special, Living with Michael Jackson, Martin Bashir interviewed the King of Pop over a series of multiple days while building one of the strangest cases against him. During an interview, Bashir asked Jackson if he understood why people thought it was weird that Jackson had boys sleep with him in his bed, and Jackson gave the now classic response, "Because they are ignorant."

Age: Dec. at 51 (1958-2009)

Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Record producer, Musician, Film Producer, + more

Schools: Montclair College Preparatory School

Died: 2009

Cause Of Death: Cardiac arrest, Homicide

Place Of Death: Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Children: Prince Michael Jackson II, Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson, Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr.

Medical Conditions: Mysophobia

Credits: This Is It, Michael Jackson: Thriller, The Wiz, Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory

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To Whom They Broke the News: Marc Maron

A few years before his horrific suicide, Robin Williams paid a visit to Marc Maron's garage to talk about his life and career in an episode of Maron's "WTF Podcast." During the interview Williams spoke about his alcoholic relapse in the 2000s, "I think it’s trying to fill the hole,” Williams said. “It’s fear, and you’re kind of going, what am I doing in my career?"

Age: Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, Stand-up comedian

Schools: College of Marin, Detroit Country Day School, Redwood High School, Claremont McKenna College, Juilliard School

Children: Zelda Rae Williams, Zachary Pym Williams, Cody Alan Williams, Zak Williams

Credits: Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, Jumanji, Aladdin

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To Whom They Broke the News: Martin Bashir 

In a 1995 interview on British TV, Princes Di admitted that she'd cheated on Prince Charles and that it "plunged the monarchy into the greatest crisis since the Abdication."

Age: Dec. at 36 (1961-1997)

Birthplace: Sandringham, England

Nationality: United Kingdom

Profession: Crown Princess

Schools: Institut Alpin Videmanette, The New School at West Heath

Died: 1997

Cause Of Death: Traffic collision

Place Of Death: Paris, France

Children: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry

Medical Conditions: Bulimia nervosa

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To Whom They Broke the News: Howard Stern

In a 2014 interview with the King of All Media, Gaga opened up and said that when she was a teenager she was raped by a much older man, and that only after years of therapy was she able to get past the assault. She also told Stern that she refused to be defined by her rape, saying, "I'll be damned if somebody is going to say that every creatively intelligent thing I ever did is all boiled down to one d***head that did that to me."

Age: 32

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson, Singer-songwriter, Actor, + more

Schools: Convent of the Sacred Heart, Tisch School of the Arts

Major/Field Of Study: Music

Medical Conditions: Anorexia, Bulimia

Credits: Lady Gaga Presents: The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden, Machete Kills, Lady Gaga: Paparazzi