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.
To Whom They Broke the News: Matt LauerIn 2015, after years of erratic behavior, the Two and a Half Men and Anger Management star revealed on the Today Show that he'd been HIV positive for years, and that he was tired of being "shook down" over his illness. He told Lauer, "It's a hard three letters to absorb. It's a turning point in one's life."
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
Nationality: United States of America
Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
Schools: Santa Monica High School
Children: Bob Sheen, Sam Sheen, Lola Rose Sheen, Max Sheen, Cassandra Jade Estevez
Credits: Two and a Half Men, Wall Street, Anger Management, Hot Shots!see more on Charlie Sheen
To Whom Who They Broke the News: Diane SawyerIn 2015, Bruce Jenner revealed to Diane Sawyer that he was in the middle of transitioning to a woman and was now Caitlyn Jenner. She revealed that transitioning strengthened her faith in God, saying, "I had this feeling, kind of a revelation, that maybe this is my cause in life. This is why God put me on this Earth, do deal with this issue. That was a very powerful moment. It certainly gave me a lot of courage."
Birthplace: Mount Kisco, New York, United States of America
Nationality: United States of America
Profession: Public speaker, Socialite, Businessperson, Actor, Athlete, + more
Schools: Newtown High School, Graceland University
Children: Kendall, Kylie Jenner, Brody Jenner, Brandon Jenner, Casey Jenner, + more
Medical Conditions: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Dyslexia
Credits: Keeping Up with the Kardashians, I Am Cait, Donald Duck's 50th Birthday, Celebrity Double Daresee more on Caitlyn Jenner
To Whom They Broke the News: Lesley StahlAfter the Governator left office, he sat down with 60 Minutes to come clean about his infidelity with his family's housekeeper. Supposedly he felt really bad, saying, "I think it was the stupidest thing I've done in the whole relationship. It was terrible. It inflicted tremendous pain on Maria and unbelievable pain on the kids."
Birthplace: Thal, Austria
Nationality: Austria, United States of America
Profession: Bodybuilder, Television director, Businessperson, Politician, Investor, + more
Schools: University of Wisconsin-Superior, Santa Monica College
Major/Field Of Study: Business Administration
Children: Patrick Schwarzenegger, Katherine Schwarzenegger, Christopher Schwarzenegger, Joseph Baena, Christina Schwarzenegger
Credits: The Terminator, Predator, Total Recall, Pumping Ironsee more on Arnold Schwarzenegger
To Whom They Broke the News: Oprah WinfreyIn 2013, multiple Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong gave an exclusive interview to Oprah Winfrey and revealed that his "mythic, perfect story" was "one big lie." After denying doping allegations for nearly a decade, he finally copped to taking part in the sport wide scandal. He later said, "I will spend the rest of my life trying to earn back trust and apologize to people."
Profession: Athlete, Professional Road Racing Cyclist
Schools: Plano East Senior High School
Children: Luke Armstrong, Max Armstrong, Olivia Marie Armstrong, Grace Armstrong, Isabelle Armstrong
Medical Conditions: Testicular cancer
Credits: DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, You, Me and Dupreesee more on Lance Armstrong