Former "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen has HIV. In an interview Tuesday on NBC's "Today," the 50-year-old actor said that he tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS about four years ago, but that, thanks to a rigorous drug regimen, he's healthy.
When asked by co-host Matt Lauer if he had transmitted the disease to others, he declared, "Impossible. Impossible," and insisted he had informed every sexual partner of his condition beforehand.
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.
He said he had paid "enough to bring it into the millions" — perhaps as much as $10 million — to buy their silence and now was seeking to "put a stop to this barrage of attacks and sub-truths."
"Are you still paying these people?" Lauer asked him. "Not after today I'm not," said Sheen.
He did not address when, or by whom he may have been infected.
Jay Leno to host Nobel concert
Former "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno is set to host the Nobel Peace Prize concert Dec. 11 event at the Telenor Arena in Oslo, Norway. The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet was named the 2015 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for its "decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011," the Nobel Peace Prize jury said last month. For a first time, the concert will be live-streamed and available on YouTube.
Lifetime award: Kenny Rogers, who earlier this year announced his retirement from touring, will be honored as the CMT Artist of a Lifetime for his extensive music career spanning across multiple genres for decades. Country Music Television will present award to Rogers at the "CMT Artists of the Year" awards show in Nashville on Dec. 2. CMT will also give out a new award, the Breakout Award, to country singer songwriter Chris Stapleton.
farewell: P.F. Sloan, the songwriter behind such classic 1960s tunes as Johnny Rivers' "Secret Agent Man" and Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction," has died. He was 70. The singer-songwriter died Sunday at his Los Angeles home after battling pancreatic cancer. He signed his first record deal at 13 and went on to write songs for such artists as the Turtles, Grass Roots and Fifth Dimension. He also released several of his own albums. Other songs written by Sloan include Herman's Hermits' "A Must to Avoid," Terry Black's "Unless You Care" and Jan and Dean's "I Found a Girl."