Big Brother star and October 2004 Sludgeaholic of the month Evel Dick reveals he is HIV positive
TMZ — One of “Evel Dick” Donato’s former “Big Brother” housemates tells TMZ … she wishes Dick would have STAYED in the BB house after learning he was HIV positive — but Dick says he didn’t have a choice.
Donato — who won BB in 2007 and then rejoined the cast in 2011 — left the show very early into Season 13 when he was informed by producers that blood tests showed he had HIV.
We spoke with Rachel Reilly — who was competing in the house at the time — who tells us she wishes Donato would have stayed in the game.
“If he had a meeting with everyone it would have been a way to give the disease a voice,” Reilly said … “It’s reality TV.”
She adds, “I think it’s cool he is talking about it 3 years later and I hope this changes people’s lives. I think it’s brave of him.”
We also spoke with Evel Dick on “TMZ Live” moments ago … who told us he didn’t get a choice to stay in the game — producers told him he had to leave.
But he also says he wasn’t ready to go public with the information anyway … “This was the most shocking news I’ve ever been told. I needed time to digest.”
Donato says it’s already destroyed him in one way — financially.
Read more and hear Dick talk about this (video) on TMZ