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CJ de Mooi slams Egghead co-stars for failing to reach out to him after he revealed he contracted HIV as a homeless teen prostitute


CJ de Mooi has launched a stinging attack on his fellow Eggheads and accused them of 'needing backbone transplants' after they failed to comfort him in the wake of revelations that he is dying of AIDS.


The 49-year-old TV quizzer, whose real name is Joseph Connagh, recently opened up about his 30-year battle with HIV which he contracted aged 18 after being forced into prostitution.

While he has said that the reaction to his disclosure has been 'overwhelmingly positive', he hit out at his BBC ex-colleagues who he claimed have failed to reach out to offer support.
'The response I've had since speaking about my diagnosis from the BBC and my fellow Eggheads has been exactly the same as it has been for the past three years ever since I was fired from the programme,' he told the Mirror.

'The support and everything they've said has been completely constant in the fact that it's been absolute deafening silence.
'I haven't heard a word from the BBC, none of my fellow colleagues on the show have had any contact with me.'

He added: 'They're clearly all waiting for their backbone transplants.
CJ opened up to Eamonn Holmes on talkRadio on Tuesday where he revealed he contracted HIV when he was forced into sex work on the streets 'in a bid to stay alive'.

The former Egghead faced spiralling legal fees while fighting extradition to the Netherlands over claims he murdered a homeless man in Amsterdam in 1988, for which he was never charged in Britain.

He declared bankruptcy in September 2018 and his spokesperson said this was due to opposing solicitors trying to recoup costs relating to the false allegation of sexual assault made against him in 2016.

CJ lives with his husband of three years, and partner of 18 years, Andrew Doran in Caldicot, Monmouthshire but continues to worry about losing their home.

CJi became a panellist on Eggheads, which features five quiz champions competing as a team against different challengers, in 2003.

Originally from Rotherham, he has revealed how he ran away from home at the age of 17 following an abusive childhood and became homeless.

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