'Eggheads' star CJ de Mooi shares video thanking fans after revealing Aids battle

Tom Beasley
Former ‘Eggheads’ panellist CJ de Mooi has thanked fans for their reaction to his Aids diagnosis. (Credit: Twitter)

CJ de Mooi, most famous as a top quizzer on the BBC’s Eggheads, has shared a video thanking his fans as he starts a new treatment for Aids, just days after revealing he may not have long to live.

The quiz maestro and actor also revealed he fainted in hospital after undergoing a blood test as part of his new treatment programme.

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The 49-year-old told fans on Twitter earlier this week that, after a 30 year battle with Aids, “the agony of the last 3 years means I may not have many left”.

Yesterday, a friend of the star who is helping him to manage his social media presence said he was “always positive” and due to “start a new course of treatment”.

De Mooi posted a brief video this morning, dressed in a beanie hat as he prepared to undergo hospital treatment.

He said: “Good morning, I’m at the hospital so hopefully going to have a good day.

“But more importantly, you are amazing. So go out there and have the amazing day you deserve.”

In subsequent tweets, he revealed that his husband and friends have received negative comments on social media in recent days and thanked the NHS staff who tended to him when he fainted in a hospital corridor.

De Mooi was one of the resident quiz titans on BBC show Eggheads from 2003 until 2016, when he was sacked from the show in the wake of allegations he sexually assaulted a man in a nightclub.

Police later told the star, whose real name is Joseph Connagh, that they would be taking no further action against him.

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He also attracted controversy in 2015 following a story in his memoir My Journey from the Streets to the Screens, in which he said he believed he had killed a man after throwing him into an Amsterdam canal in 1988.

De Mooi appeared in a Dutch court on allegations related to the incident, but the European Arrest Warrant was dismissed after the authorities admitted making “basic errors” in their investigation.