Ryan Seacrest wouldn't dream of backing out of his New Year's Eve gig, despite the potential threat of terrorism ... and he's hoping the expected Times Square crowd feels the same way.
In the wake of the Paris terror attacks -- you'd think the thought of possible danger would be weighing on his head, but Monday night outside Jon & Vinny's in L.A. ... Ryan seemed more determined than anything else.
We asked him if people should be afraid to go out on NYE -- knowing, of course, that more than a million people party in Times Square each year.
Ryan's reply in a nutshell ... don't go changing your plans.
Charlie Sheen said it directly, "I'm here to admit I'm in fact HIV positive" -- and defiantly stated he would no longer fork over millions of dollars to buy silence from friends and sexual partners.
Sheen spoke calmly about his diagnosis with Matt Lauer on "Today"... saying he needed to "put a stop to this onslaught of attacks and untruths." He said he's known for roughly 4 years that he is HIV positive, and had "told enough people that I've trusted to be in the position that I'm in today."
TMZ broke the story ... Charlie says he was betrayed by people he trusted with knowledge of his diagnosis, but they ended up revealing it. Lauer asked if Sheen was still paying people, and he said ... "Not after today I'm not! I release myself from this prison today."
He also talked about the moment he found out about the diagnosis, saying he initially thought he had a brain tumor. As for infecting others ... Sheen said he's warned all of his sexual partners ahead of time -- and there were only 2 with whom he'd had unprotected sex, but they "were under the care of my doctor."
As we've reported ... our sources say Charlie has paid several settlements to sexual partners who said they were NOT warned ahead of time.
Sheen says he doesn't know how he contracted the virus, but feels he has "a responsibility now to better myself and to help a lot of other people."
Charlie Sheen has had HIV for years ... but his position now is that he beat the disease because it's undetectable in his system ... TMZ has learned.
Our sources say Charlie has known for more than 2 years that he was HIV positive ... and one source says he's known way longer than that. We're told Charlie was taking meds for the HIV and has had a series of blood tests, and over time, the virus has been "undetectable" in his system.
We're told Charlie freely admits he's had scores of sexual partners over the years, many of whom had intimate relations with him after his diagnosis. The implication here is clear ... Charlie is saying he didn't deceive anyone, since the blood tests did not reveal the presence of HIV.
Doctors beg to differ and say once someone has HIV they have it for life, at least until medicine advances.
As we reported, Charlie will discuss his HIV status Tuesday on "Today."
Steve Harvey didn't just lease a private jet, he had it customized to the max and then stiffed the jet company ... at least that's what the company is alleging in a very fancy new lawsuit.
Business Aircraft Leasing claims the "Family Feud" star made a deal back in April to lease a Gulfstream G-IVSP S/N 1289. But standard features weren't enough, according to the company ... Steve wanted the interior modified to the tune of more than $400k.
As for what Steve wanted ... custom carpet, a reconfiguration of the interior cabin from 16 seats to 14 seats, custom seat design and new upper and lower cabin sidewalls. The company says all the modifications were made in reliance of the contract, but Steve only ponied up about half of what was owed.
Short story ... Steve allegedly had a change of heart, never leased the jet and the company is on the hook for the improvements.
The jet company wants $205k minimum.
We reached out to Steve's people ... so far no word back.
Victor Willis -- the cop in Village People -- is about to expose a big disco era secret, and it will forever change the way you hear "Y.M.C.A."
Willis just signed on to do an A&E/Lifetime TV movie based on his life -- and sources close to the deal tell us one of the big reveals is some Village members were lip-syncing. It's unclear exactly which of his bandmates he's calling out for faking it.
Willis was the original lead singer, but left in the early '80s on bad terms. He never performed with the group again, and even threatened to sue them for using "Y.M.C.A." in a recent TV special.
The movie, set to air sometime next year, seems timed to coincide with Victor's attempted comeback. He just released a new single and music vid.
8:15 AM PT -- Police arrested the suspect ... a 45-year-old man named David Merck, and booked him for felony battery. ET got Pauley's sketch of Merck, and a photo one of her friends later took of him.
She could have a future in forensic art.
Pauley Perrette, who plays scientist Abby Sciuto on "NCIS," says a "psychotic homeless man" punched her in the face Thursday night and vowed he would kill her.
Perrette says she was walking from her Hollywood home to a guest house she owned when the guy appeared, repeatedly threatening to end her life.
It's a bizarre story. Perrette says she told the guy, who called himself William, that he had a "beautiful name" but he just unloaded and punched her again.
She says, "I went into shock ... collapsed on the sidewalk." She says cops came, she drew a "police sketch" of the guy, who was "headed towards Hollywood Blvd with murder in his eyes." Perrette says cops arrested him.
Now it gets really weird. Perrette tweeted, "I am shaken and traumatized. My house, my beloved Hollywood. My beloved homeless people that I spend my life protecting ... My life changed tonight."
She ends by writing, "We need to not walk alone. I need to heal. I almost died tonight."
ABC has put the kibosh on 2 dudes dancing hip to hip on "Dancing with the Stars."
Sources connected with the show tell TMZ, the issue came up over an upcoming performance by an openly gay artist who goes by the name, Who Is Fancy. The performance is set for November 23, where he will debut his new song, "Boys Like You," featuring Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor, who will also appear on the show.
The song is about a man falling in love with another man. We've learned Who Is Fancy's choreographer sent an email to a 'DWTS' producer, saying, it would "be an awesome look to have 2 males dancing with each other."
Our sources say the 'DWTS' honchos discussed it and a producer fired back an email, saying, "Apologies all but this is a definitive no from the network."
We're told ABC agreed to allow "near dancing" during the performance, like a recent appearance by two men -- Alek and Carlos -- who shared the stage this week. Check out the video ... it's more like a Cirque performance than romantic ballroom dancing.
We contacted ABC, and the rep said they had no comment ... but a high-level source tells us, "Creative conversations are ongoing about the dance number."
Jason Priestley was hospitalized after being thrown off of a horse on the set of his show, "The Code."
We're told he fell hard Monday and then beelined it for the ER. He stayed in the hospital overnight because he says he has a history of concussions and a neurologist needed to noodle over the impact of the fall. Turns out he did indeed suffer another concussion.
Jason's had his share of mishaps. He fractured his spine and suffered a concussion back in 2002 during a race car crash in Kentucky.