Charlie Sheen HIV interview crushes in the ratings
The “Today” show had its own shot of Tiger Blood Tuesday.
With Charlie Sheen revealing to Matt Lauer that he was diagnosed with HIV four years ago, “Today” snared a whopping audience of more than 5.5 million viewers — crushing its arch-rival, ABC’s “Good Morning America” by 803,000 viewers, according to early Nielsen estimates.
Former “Two and a Half Men” star Charlie Sheen said he tested positive four years ago for the virus that causes AIDS.
The show also won in the all-important “news demo” (adults 25-54 years old), snaring 2.3 million of the viewers that advertisers prize most. The sum was 542,000 more viewers in the coveted demo than “GMA.”
In the wide-ranging interview Sheen said the diagnosis was a “mule kick” to his soul and revealed that he’s paid “countless millions” in hush money to keep his status a secret. “It’s a hard three letters to absorb,” the actor said. “It’s a turning point in one’s life.”
Charlie Sheen’s ex-girlfriend Bree Olson says Charlie Sheen was not honest with her about his HIV status on the “Howard Stern Show”: “‘I’m clean,’ he told me!”
He confessed his “karmic confusion, shame and anger” got the best of him, and he descended into the depths of depression, substance abuse and “fathomless drinking.”
Charlie Sheen gives an exclusive interview to Matt Lauer Tuesday on “Today.”
Sheen also claimed that he has always been open about his HIV status with his partners — a contention at least one ex-girlfriend has called “bulls–t.”
“I trusted him,” former porn star Bree Olson angrily told Howard Stern Tuesday. “For a year!”