Danny Pintauro’s TV family is speaking out in the aftermath of his announcement that he has been HIV-positive for 12 years. The former “Who’s The Boss” child star revealed his secret on “Oprah: Where Are They Now,” and it was the first time his longtime TV co-star Alyssa Milano heard the news. On Tuesday, People posted video of Milano’s guest appearance on CBS’ “The Talk,” in which she revealed she had no idea about Pintauro’s health issue until he announced it on Oprah’s show.
Milano broke down in tears when asked about Pintauro’s announcement, telling “The Talk” panel she had no idea about her co-stars struggles because she lost touch with him after “Who’s The Boss” ended. Of his decision to announce that he became HIV-positive after engaging in risky behavior while doing crystal meth, Milano said, “I hate that it took him so long to feel comfortable, but I’m so glad that he is able to express himself now, and I guarantee you he will change so many lives.” She described Pintauro as “a beacon of light,” and said she’s proud of him.
Danny Pintauro’s TV stepdad, Tony Danza, told TMZ that he wasn’t happy about Pintauro’s condition, but said he was glad he is trying to make a statement and help people by talking about it. “He’s an incredible kid and he’s trying to make the world a better place,” Danza said.
In an interview with E! News, PIntauro revealed that telling his “Who’s The Boss” co-stars about his HIV status was hard, and that Danza was initially disappointed in him when he told him he contracted HIV. “Tony is my other father, and he’ll always be my other father,” Pintauro explained. “And just like any father, he’s gonna be disappointed when you give him bad news or when you tell him you haven’t lived up to his expectation. That’s OK. I can’t ask him to not be disappointed.” Pintauro added that Danza has been completely supportive of him.
Pintauro said Alyssa Milano called him immediately after hearing the news. “Alyssa called me this morning, and it was really early in the morning, so I didn’t answer the call,” he said. “But the message was so lovely and I can’t wait to call her this afternoon and have a great chat with her and make sure she’s OK. That’s part of my job, that’s part of the responsibility is to make sure the person I’m talking to about it is OK, because that’s just as important as I feel about it. So that’s gonna be a good conversation.”