Celebrities Who Dropped Big News on Talk Shows 

Jacob Shelton
Updated February 18, 2020 35k views 17 items

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: Matt Lauer

In 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."

Age: 53

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

Credits: Two and a Half Men, Wall Street, Anger Management, Hot Shots!

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To Whom Who They Broke the News: Diane Sawyer

In 2015, Jenner revealed to Diane Sawyer that she was transitioning 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."

Age: 69

Birthplace: USA, New York, Mount Kisco

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Public speaker, Socialite, Businessperson, Actor, Athlete, + more

Schools: Newtown High School, Graceland University

Credits: Keeping Up with the Kardashians, I Am Cait, Donald Duck's 50th Birthday, Celebrity Double Dare

Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Celebrities Who Dropped Big News on Talk Shows
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To Whom They Broke the News: Lesley Stahl

After 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."

Age: 71

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

Credits: The Terminator, Predator, Total Recall, Pumping Iron

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To Whom They Broke the News: Oprah Winfrey

In 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." 

Age: 47

Birthplace: Plano, Texas, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Athlete, Professional Road Racing Cyclist

Schools: Plano East Senior High School

Credits: DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, You, Me and Dupree