Magic Johnson visited the women at The View and spoke about his upcoming docuseries, “They Call Me Magic.” The projects highlights his life and will include footage related to finding out about his HIV status back in 1991. While speaking, he credited Dr. Fauci and Dr. Ho for helping him through his HIV diagnosis.
The former Lakers player stated, “First of all, let me thank Dr. Fauci, Dr. Ho; they both really helped me to be here. They helped me understand that I had to take my meds, I had to be comfortable with my new status, make sure I kept a positive attitude, and keep working out, and so I’ve been doing that. Here I am 30 years later.
He also praised his wife, of 30 years, Cookie Johnson, and mentioned the support of his other family members and the Lakers basketball team.
The 62-year-old went on to say that he wanted to educate people about the virus because it was prominent in the Black and Brown communities at that time.
“That was everything, for me to heal, also for me to help people, especially in the Black and brown community, because it was running rapidly through our community at that time. We brought the numbers down,” Johnson said. “I became the face, and I am happy about that.”
He also explained why he chose to film the docuseries.
“Michael Jordan did Last Dance, and I was in his incredible doc series, and just the last episode, my phone started ringing a lot: ‘It’s your turn now. When are you going to do yours?’” the former Lakers point guard said. “[I] partnered with Apple TV plus, and here I am doing the doc.”