Celebs Who Spilled Big Secrets On Live TV

Live television has given us some of the most shocking moments in history. There are no re-shoots, so when celebrities reveal huge secrets on live TV, that unedited footage makes for captivating and memorable moments for the audience. Sometimes, those revelations are accidental, such as actors dishing major movie and TV spoilers or spilling juicy gossip about themselves or others. Other times, those major moments are intentionally revealed on live television, offering viewers an opportunity to connect with the stars in real time and in a fashion that feels more intimate. 

Which star inadvertently made waves talking about a New Kid on the Block's sexuality, and which Avenger ruined the ending of Infinity War? From baby bumps to Balloon Boy to sacred burial grounds, these celebs spilled big secrets on live TV.

Tom Hanks gives thanks in weird ways

During the 66th annual Academy Awards, Tom Hanks gave an inspired speech while accepting the best actor award for his performance in Philadelphia. IHe recognized an old classmate, John Gilkerson, and his high school drama teacher, Rawley Farnsworth, as "two of the finest gay Americans I have known." For the masses watching at home, that moment revealed a little about the caring and considerate side of Hanks. For Farnsworth, however, that Oscar speech revealed he was gay to many who didn't know. 

But don't let this change your opinion of Hanks. While the actor may have surprised his former teacher, Farnsworth didn't begrudge his pupil. According to People, the San Francisco Chronicle did a story on Farnsworth after Philadelphia was released and before the Academy Awards that had identified him as a gay man for the first time publicly, with his permission. Unless you read that newspaper, it was Hanks on the Academy Award stage who spilled the beans.

"I didn't know exactly what he was going to say," Farnsworth told People, "but it was just overwhelming." According to the magazine, Farnsworth was "so moved by Hanks's Oscar speech that he has joined an organization of gay teachers" and even served as grand marshal in a parade for children with HIV. 

Ian McShane lets the Hound out

When Ian McShane visited BBC Breakfast in 2016 to talk about some of his then-upcoming projects, he ended up giving a little too much information away. As the conversation dipped into Game of Thrones territory, the veteran actor greatly underestimated the cleverness of fans.

When the hosts pressed for some juicy intel about Season 6, McShane revealed that the show — specifically his character — would "bring back a much-loved character that everyone thinks is dead." According to Vanity Fair, McShane probably thought he was being sneaky. With so many dead characters to choose from, the veteran actor likely felt safe giving audiences a little hint, but he may have overlooked some telling details in the books upon which the HBO series is based. McShane described his character in the show as "an ex-warrior who's become a peacenik." That description closely resembles a character in the text, Septon Meribald, who is connected to a mysterious figure known as the Gravedigger whom many suspect is actually the Hound. It just made perfect sense.

Tiffany outs Jonathan Knight

Jonathan Knight of New Kids on the Block didn't hide the fact that he's gay, but he didn't make it front page news, either. Maybe that's why it slipped by fans for years. Former pop star Tiffany Darwish knew Knight was gay, but she didn't know the public was still in the dark about it when she chatted with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live! Tiffany revealed on the show that she dated Knight, describing him as "the quiet one" and "the shy one" who "became gay later." When asked if she "turned him" gay, Darwish said, "I was thinking maybe I did, but no," she said (via E!News).

After the show, Tiffany learned just how many people were unaware about Knight's sexual orientation. In a since-deleted tweet, she stated (via Billboard), "Really didn't know that was the wrong thing to say. Never meant to hurt Jon." 

Knight eventually released a statement (via Towleroad) to clear the air. "I have never been outed by anyone but myself!" he wrote. "I did so almost twenty years ago. I never knew that I would have to do it all over again publicly just because I reunited with NKOTB! I have lived my life very openly and have never hidden the fact that I am gay!"

John Boyega is left speechless

While John Boyega wasn't directly responsible for dropping a huge spoiler on live television, he certainly didn't slow the bleeding. All he could do was watch and listen in disbelief as Holly Willoughby, the host of This Morning, revealed major information about the then-upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

During the interview, Willoughby blurts out (via Independent), "Fans will be very excited because Yoda is back!" Boyega is clearly taken aback, looking off camera, as if pleading for help from his team. Too late. The cat, er, Yoda was out of the bag. Boyega's expression and response were enough to all but confirm Willoughby's spoiler. "Holly, Holly ... you can't tell the fans exactly what happens," he says. 

Seemingly realizing her mistake, the experienced host tries to walk back her words. "I don't know, I don't know what happens ... that is out there." A clearly-flustered Boyega does little to throw fans off the scent as he signs off: "You know what? Things happen, things happen. Get your ticket."

Beyonce unveils her bump

Leave it up to Beyoncé to take pregnancy announcements to the next level. Leading up to her performance of "Love on Top" during the 2011 VMAs, there were rumors aplenty about if and when Beyoncé and Jay-Z would start a family and how they'd announce a baby on the way. announce it. On the red carpet earlier that very night, Beyoncé was clearly holding her tummy in a few photos, indicating that a pregnancy was possible.

But the real announcement didn't come until after her performance. At the end of her energetic routine, Queen Bey casually unbuttoned her sequined blazer to reveal a small baby bump. She then smiled and rubbed her stomach lovingly to really put an exclamation point on the news. For anyone who was still confused, the cameras panned to Jay-Z and company backstage. The rapper's entourage were jumping for joy as Jay-Z hugged those around him. It was an enormous pop culture moment that set a new record for Twitter at the time with 8,868 tweets per second.

Wolf Blitzer pops the Balloon Boy's story

In 2009, a 6-year old Colorado boy named Falcon became an overnight celebrity when news broke that he was hooked to a large helium balloon floating uncontrollably through the skies. He would forever be known as Balloon Boy. In case you missed this one, the story had a happy ending, sort of. The boy wasn't actually attached to the balloon at all. Unbeknownst to his worried parents, he was hiding in the attic. At least, that's what the family told the press, but during an interview with Wolf Blitzer on Larry King Live, Balloon Boy seemed a little fuzzy on the details of that day.

When Blitzer asks if the boy heard his parents calling to him, the kid admits that he did. Hearing this, his dad, Richard Henne, asks Falcon why he didn't come out. Seemingly confused and put on the spot, Falcon replies, "We did this for the show." It was an awkward moment that suggested the entire incident may have been a hoax. When Blitzer hones in on Falcon's comment to try to clarify, his dad grows agitated and declares that he's "really appalled" by Blitzer's so-called insinuation.

Dylan O'Brien loots sacred grounds

Dylan O'Brien found himself in hot water after an appearance on Live! with Kelly and Michael. While attempting to tell an amusing story, the actor admitted that he and the cast of Maze Runner: Scorch Trials looted an ancient Native American burial site during filming in New Mexico. The actor implied that a slew of illnesses and injuries on set were brought on as revenge for the thefts. He said the cast had been told before shooting began, "Don't take anything and respect the grounds," adding, "And everyone just takes stuff, obviously."

A petition soon popped up demanding the return of those stolen items, garnering more than 79,000 signatures and an apology from 20th Century Fox. Still, according to the New York Daily News, the studio conducted an investigation into O'Brien's claims and found no evidence proving anything was actually taken. That also means that nothing was ever returned, so in the end, we may never know if this was bad joke, a bad investigation,or both.

Courtney Love warns women about Harvey Weinstein

Even if it took years for people to get wise to what Courtney Love actually meant in 2005 while on the red carpet for the Pamela Anderson Comedy Central Roast, her words revealed a major Hollywood secret — one that few people were talking about at the time. During the event, the Hole frontwoman was asked by a reporter to share some "advice for a young girl moving to Hollywood." The rocker expressed concern that she would "get libeled" if she said what was on her mind, but then apparently decided to spit it out anyway: "If Harvey Weinstein invites you to a private party in the Four Seasons, don't go."

More than a decade later, Love's warning proved to be founded in truth. Weinstein has been hit with multiple sexual assault accusations from women throughout the entertainment industry. According to the Daily Beast, hotels were the movie mogul's "hunting grounds." Despite Love's somewhat joking tone way back in 2005, she knew what she was doing. When TMZ pulled that haunting quote from the archives in 2017, as the #MeToo movement picked up steam, Love revisited that moment. "Although I wasn't one of his victims, I was eternally banned by CAA for speaking out against Harvey Weinstein," she said.

Charlie Sheen shares his HIV secret

Actor Charlie Sheen joined Matt Lauer on Today to reveal a massive bombshell of a secret in 2015. During the live interview, Sheen admitted publicly for the first time that he was HIV-positive. His reasons for doing so, particularly in such a grandiose manner, were to allegedly counteract some behind-the-scenes controversy going on in his life. "I'm here to admit that I am in fact HIV-positive," Sheen said. "I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and of sub-truths and very harmful and mercurial stories that are about the [alleged] threatening the health of so many others, which couldn't be farther from the truth."

Sheen revealed that after telling some people about his diagnosis, he was extorted to keep the information private. "We're talking about shakedowns," he said. "I've paid those people." At some point, Sheen decided to take matters into his own hands and reveal his truth on his terms.

Cardi B follows the Queen B

Taking a page out of Beyoncé's book, Cardi B used the stage to make her big baby announcement in 2018, wearing a skin-tight white dress that showcased her baby bump during a performance on Saturday Night Live (via Entertainment Tonight Canada). The camera panned out during the second song in Cardi B's set, "Be Careful," to give TV audiences a good look at her stomach. If it wasn't obvious enough, the spotlight shining on the rapper's belly made it as clear as day.

Prior to that evening, Cardi had been in full denial mode about pregnancy speculation. When TMZ alleged the star's team had been informing people she was pregnant, Cardi snapped back on Instagram: "No b*tch I'm just getting fat. Let me fat in peace." However, even when Cardi took ownership of her secret, it wasn't all smiles after the fact. In a since-deleted Instagram post (via E! News), Cardi shot back at her haters. "This is why I did not wanted to say nothing," she wrote after the SNL performance. "People be so thirsty to scrutinize and try to destroy something that it suppose be a blessing."

Mark Ruffalo spoils Infinity War

Nearly a year before Avengers: Infinity War was released, Mark Ruffalo, the actor behind the Hulk, ruined the ending during a live interview on Good Morning America. When asked about Thor: Ragnarok, Ruffalo seems like he's itching to share some intel. He looks to his Marvel co-star, Don Cheadle, for advice. Cheadle warns him not to say "too much." Ruffalo keeps it fairly vague with this line: "It doesn't end well for the superheroes." He should have stopped there.

But just a few seconds later, Ruffalo blurts out, "Wait till you see this next one," referring to the then-upcoming Infinity War. "Ha! Everybody dies." Cheadle quickly tries to stop him, but the damage was done. "Can we rewind that part?" Ruffalo asks, looking visibly concerned. A year later, we learned just how close he was to revealing the entire surprise ending of the film.

Oh, Dave

Long before Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo pleaded with viewers to avoid giving away spoilers, another titular comic book franchise finale was ruined live on TV. And perhaps the most egregious part was that it wasn't even a cast member of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy who was the culprit, but rather, legendary late night funnyman David Letterman. Say what?

While interviewing Anne Hathaway, who played Catwoman in the final installment of the Christian Bale-led series, Letterman gave his hearty seal of approval for the film, before dropping this bomb: "At the end, Batman is dead!" Which, okay, if you've seen the film, you know isn't true, however, it's a critical deception at the climax, which fans probably weren't too keen on knowing about in advance.

Sensing the viral storm ahead, Anne Hathaway nervously laughed and replied, "I just want you to know the wrath you've just invited onto yourself," before assuring Nolan that she wasn't the one who let the ... cat ... out of the bag. "I had no part in this, I'm sorry," she said directly into the camera. Oh, and that wrath Hathaway mentioned? She wasn't kidding.

"Way to ruin the movie, Dave. Idiot," tweeted @ericktumang. Wait, it gets worse. "WTF is he thinking???? F***ing a**hole!!!" opined @BrothaRah. And one more from @JtotheRtotheL, nice and loud for the back row: "DID YOU JUST F***ING SPOIL THE DARK KNIGHT RISES FOR ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! F**K YOU, YOU OLD CRAZY S**T!!!!!!"

Britney's live blunder was that innocent

Before diving into this one, let's take a moment to remember the immortal words of one of the internet's earliest viral stars, Chris Crocker. Leave Britney Spears alone, we shall, but that doesn't mean we can't discuss how she casually told Entertainment Tonight that her one time co-star Zoe Saldana was pregnant with twins — before Saldana went public with the pregnancy. Yeah, record all the way scratched.

Of course, this was in 2014, over a decade after the two starred together in Crossroads, and to be as fair to Spears as possible, she got a full pass from Saldana a few years later. Answering a fan's question about the spilled tea on Watch What Happens Live in 2017, Saldana took responsibility for the gaffe, saying she dished the baby deets to Spears on a flight, and never asked her to keep it a secret.

"The way that it happened was so innocent that I never even thought of holding her accountable to anything," Saldana said, adding, "She was just being Britney, and I loved her — But I don't mean that in a negative way, I mean that in the way that she lives her life in such truth."

Britney never publicly apologized, and even though Saldana was clearly a good sport (and fantastic friend) about the whole thing, we still think the possibility of Crossroads 2 got a major red light.