Last November, Charlie Sheen admitted on NBC’s “Today” this morning that he has HIV. He said one reason for going public with his condition was to put a stop to shakedowns from prostitutes and others who threatened to out him. And like any good Hollyweird celebrity, one must always be in the spotlight, no matter how despicable your behavior.
Apparently Sheen is doing his latest small-screen job for free, even though critics accuse him of cashing in. Insiders tell Page Six that Sheen is expected to appear on the show “a lot over the next few weeks.” Sheen hasn’t had a regular TV gig since “Anger Management” ended in 2014.
Sheen appeared on last Tuesday’s “Dr. Oz” and was its highest-rated show since April. “Thus far, they’ve shot at his home, in the studio and in a morgue, where they looked at the body parts of an addict who died,” said a source.
HIV activists aren’t pleased since Sheen revealed he went off his meds for experimental injections from Dr. Samir Chachoua in Mexico, who claims to know how to cure cancer. “I take back everything I said about Sheen and his disclosure,” activist Peter Staley wrote for POZ magazine online Wednesday. Staley wrote:
“Sheen’s first steps with responsibility? He launches a ‘chase the cure’ effort with ‘The Dr. Oz Show’ (presumably with a nice ongoing paycheck), goes off his meds without telling anyone, goes to Mexico to seek a miracle cure from a scam artist even Dr. Oz hasn’t heard of.” Staley told Sheen to “crawl back into your ‘babe cave,’ write a big check to amfAR, and call it a day. Real AIDS advocates are the reason you’re still alive, so stop s - - ting on our legacy and continued work.”
The third part of Oz’s interview will air Monday. When asked if he suffers from “mania,” Sheen says, “My only experience with manic behavior is usually in the throes of deep partying. Deep substance abuse and drinking.”
Another show I’ve never watched, nor will I start any time soon.