Candace Cameron Bure has been slammed by actor Danny Pintauro for her ‘horrifying’ 2015 interview about his HIV positive status – two months after the actress was branded a ‘bigot’ over her ‘traditional marriage’ views.
Who’s the Boss? actor Danny, 47, publicly revealed he was HIV positive on Oprah in 2015, having first contracted the virus in 2003, and later appeared on The View alongside Bure, 46, and Raven-Symoné, 37, to raise awareness.
However, the former child star said the chat became ‘one of the lowest moments of his life’ after devout Christian Bure asked him if ‘he took responsibility for his promiscuous behavior’ due to methamphetamine use and Symone questioned if he had unprotected sex with his husband.
Speaking on David Yontef’s Behind The Velvet Rope podcast, Pintauro said: ‘She basically said, “do you take responsibility for getting HIV because you were living a promiscuous lifestyle?”‘
Awful: Candace Cameron Bure has been slammed by actor Danny Pintauro for her ‘horrifying’ 2015 interview about his HIV positive status (Bure and Pintauro pictured on The View with Raven-Symone in 2015)
‘And, turned on the spot to my husband and said “do you have unprotected sex with your husband?”
‘I mean it was horrifying. It was one of the lowest moments of the journey I had after coming out to Oprah. And so it’s not surprising to me that she’s taking this stance with Christmas movies that she’s gonna be involved in.’
‘I was disappointed in the way she treated me when I was on The View. Have you seen that interview? You need to go watch it. You will walk away from it feeling very angry.
‘She must have tons of people in her life that are LGBTQ+, at least from her past. And how she got to this place is just a little concerning to me. It’s almost like she went backward in a way.
Interview: However, the former child star said the chat became ‘one of the lowest moments of his life’ after devout Christian Bure asked him if ‘he took responsibility for his promiscuous behavior’
‘But I do not see that happening anytime soon. I don’t know enough about her backstory to know but her brother has become ultra-extreme. Has he worn off on her? So, I don’t know, it’s just disappointing either way, that’s for sure.
The star said he regrets appearing on the talk show but kept his feelings to himself for a long time, not even telling Bure.
‘Because I consciously chose to not make it a thing. I’m happy to talk about it now because years have passed and I’ve moved on from being that HIV spokesperson sort of position.
‘I wanted to be able to just maintain this positive … love and light tour is what I was kind of going for. So the last thing I really wanted to do was just start talking c**p about her. But maybe in hindsight … well no, she’s not gonna care, is she? I mean, I don’t think so. It’s really disappointing.
‘I should have known when they told me that it was just gonna be Candace and Raven-Symoné. Neither of them are very supportive.
‘So I should have known from that moment that I shouldn’t have done it. Then, I start doing sort of pre-calls with the producers of like, what are we gonna talk about?”
Former child star: Pintauro starred on Who’s The Boss alongside Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano and Katherine Helmond (pictured 1984)
Comment: Speaking on David Yontef’s Behind The Velvet Rope podcast , Pintauro said: ‘She basically said, “do you take responsibility for getting HIV because you were living a promiscuous lifestyle?”
‘And here are some stories and some ideas. And the producers were already turning it a little bit weird.
The interview saw Bure ask: ‘I want to know, do you … do you take responsibility for your actions, for being promiscuous, going into a lifestyle of having heightened sex because of the meth that you were using?
Symone then said: ‘I have a question for your husband. Please tell me if this is too personal. Um, hi, I have a question for you…
‘You guys have been together for three and a half years, do you have protected or unprotected sex?’
She added, when hearing Pintauro had contracted HIV from unprotected oral sexu: ‘There’s also different ways to get AIDS, it’s not just through sex, it’s a lot of different ways.’
In his original interview on Oprah: Where Are They Now? Pintauro explained why he was finally ready to speak publicly about his health – which came 12 years after his diagnosis.
He said: ‘I wanted to tell you this a long time ago, but I wasn’t ready. I’m ready now, I’m HIV-positive and I have been for 12 years.’
Pintauro also revealed that he missed his chance to be a role model for youngsters in his situation when he was outed as gay when he was a college student in 1997.
Happy couple: He added that when he met Wil Tabares, who is now his husband, it was the first piece of information he disclosed
He said it was Judith Light, who played his on-screen mother Angela, who convinced him to speak to the press openly after a tabloid reporter approached him and said they would publish an article with or without his involvement.
‘They can’t misquote you, she said. And as long as you give really responsible and mature answers, it can’t be a bad article.
‘Believe it or not, the National Enquirer actually did a really fantastic, heart-warming article about it. I was shocked.’
‘I missed the opportunity to be a beacon of light for gay kids who were going through what I was going through. ‘Cause I was outed. It wasn’t by choice.’
‘It’s just a big deal, you know? It’s not something that people are really talking about right now.’
Pintauro revealed he had come out of a long-term relationship when he began experimenting sexually and using crystal meth when he caught the virus.
But he also tested for HIV every six months – and in March 2003, it came back positive.
‘I was living in New York at the time and completely clueless to the idea that I was positive.’
Done with the channel: Last month, the 46-year-old Bure revealed that she left the Hallmark Channel party because of the stories it was telling (pictured 2020)
Later in the interview, he added: ‘I was doing crystal meth, which completely ruins your immune system.
‘I had just come out of a two-year relationship and I discovered in that relationship that there was more I wanted to explore sexually. Crystal meth takes away your inhibitions.
‘I was experimenting and believe it or not, I thought I was being safe in that encounter.’
But Pintauro didn’t remember the man’s name, adding: ‘I regret not knowing that, because that person has completely changed my life.
‘I went in for a regular check-up. As a responsible gay man, you’re getting a test done every six months.
‘You go in and you sort of waited two weeks on pins and needles, or at least I did because I was just terrified of the idea of getting HIV.’
‘It’s a weird combination of feelings. There’s this awful feeling of ‘I’m never going to be able to have a good relationship, no one’s ever gonna want me.
‘That was there and that was prevalent.’
He added that when he met Wil Tabares, who is now his husband, it was the first piece of information he disclosed.
’It was our first date and we hadn’t even kissed and it was the first thing I told him. The first thing he said was ‘I’m not scared of it at all’.
‘Traditional marriage’: She later added that she thought ‘Great American Family will keep traditional marriage at the core’ (L to R: Candace Cameron-Bure, Lacey Chabert, Kristin Chenoweth, and Michelle Vicary pictured 2019)
He told Oprah he had come to terms with his diagnosis and hopes his story can help make a difference to others on the same journey.
‘Back then, it was terrifying and also there was a sense of relief,’ he added.
‘It’s backwards. You’ve spent so much time terrified that you’re gonna to get it, and then you have it. You don’t have to be terrified anymore.’
Bure sparked controversy in November after saying the Christian network she is now employed by will be focusing on ‘traditional marriage’ rather than same-sex couples in their programming.
The Full House actress prompted a backlash with an interview she did with the Wall Street Journal. She said her new TV network – Great American Family – would not be featuring gay couples in lead roles, unlike the Hallmark Channel, where she previously starred.
She previously announced she would be leaving the Hallmark Channel back in April, two years after the network released its first LGBTQ holiday movie with a gay lead couple.
Candace explained that she wanted ‘tell stories that have more meaning’ now that she is working with the Great American Family network, a cable television network founded in 1995, that was originally a country music channel.
In April last year, Candace revealed she was moving to the network, because it was a better fit to her ‘brand.’
‘I am constantly looking for ways that I can inspire people to live life with purpose. GAC fits my brand perfectly; we share a vision of creating compelling wholesome content for an audience who wants to watch programming for and with the whole family,’ she wrote.
However, the actress was then slammed when she confirmed this week that she did not expect the network to feature same-sex couples in starring roles. ‘I think that Great American Family will keep traditional marriage at the core,’ she said.
Last year, Bure revealed that she left the Hallmark Channel party because of the stories it was telling.
‘My heart wants to tell stories that have more meaning and purpose and depth behind them,’ she explained. ‘I knew that the people behind Great American Family were Christians that love the Lord and wanted to promote faith programming and good family entertainment.’
She later added that she thought ‘Great American Family will keep traditional marriage at the core.’
Great American Family is a cable television network that broadcasts family-oriented programs, much like Hallmark.
Celebrities like JoJo Siwa and Maren Morris were quick to call Bure’s comments homophobic.
One Tree Hill star Hilarie Burton even called Bure a ‘bigot,’ and said ‘I don’t remember Jesus liking hypocrites like Candy. But sure. Make your money, honey. You ride that prejudice wave all the way to the bank,’ in a tweet.
Bure then released another statement to defending herself.
‘All of you who know me, know beyond question that I have great love and affection for all people,’ she told Fox News Digital. ‘It absolutely breaks my heart that anyone would ever think I intentionally would want to offend and hurt anyone.’
Another statement: Bure then released another statement,’ All of you who know me, know beyond question that I have great love and affection for all people’