Charlie Sheen will appear on NBC’s Today on Tuesday to make “a revealing personal announcement” during an interview with Matt Lauer, the network announced Monday. News of the live in-studio interview comes just as the National Enquirer publishes a report that the former Two and a Half Men star is HIV positive, and has been concealing his status.
The Enquirer’s report, scheduled to hit newsstands on Wednesday, follows a previous blind-item report from the publication that a “notorious Hollywood womanizer” was secretly living with the condition.
“It’s the culmination of a dogged 18-month investigation that has uncovered how television’s one-time highest paid star potentially spread the devastating virus to dozens of unsuspecting women,” the National Enquirer said of the upcoming report.
TheWrap has reached out to NBC for further comment on the nature of the interview. Sheen famously experienced a meltdown in 2011, when he was terminated from the hit CBS comedy Two and a Half Men following a run of erratic behavior and a series of derogatory remarks about the show’s creator, Chuck Lorre.
Sheen – who is strongly opposed to vaccinations – is reportedly on a cocktail of drugs to treat the disease and his outlook is positive.
He was once the highest paid actor on television, earning a reported $1.8million per episode for his work on Two and a Half Men during the show’s eighth season.
The actor has had numerous problems with drugs and alcohol over the years. Born Carlos Estevez, Sheen is the son of actor Martin Sheen and brother of Emilio Estevez.