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OTRC: Conan O'Brien calls Charlie Sheen a genius over network battle

Conan O'Brien promotional photo for his TBS show, 'Conan.' (Photo courtesy of PBS)

Conan O'Brien, who turns 48-years-old on Monday, called Charlie Sheen "a genius" at the "Hollywood Bites Back" benefit for Malaria No More in Los Angeles on Saturday night.

O'Brien mentioned the troubled actor while hosting the event, comparing his infamous battle with NBC to Sheen's fight with CBS.

""Here's the thing that pisses me off," O'Brien told the audience. "A year ago, I got into a fight with my network - big fight, big fight with my network. And then I said '(expletive) you, I'm out of here.' I walked out and then I went on a tour all around the country, 42 cities and then I lost my mind. Alright? One year to the day later, Charlie Sheen - big fight with his network, says '(expletive) you, I'm out of here,' walks out, goes on a 42-city tour, loses his mind, but brings two porn stars with him. That man is a genius! I blew it! I didn't bring porn stars."

When NBC replaced O'Brien with Jay Leno in 2010, the talk show host went on a tour he called "The Legally Prohibited from being Funny on Television Tour." O'Brien is back on television with his own late night talk show, "Conan" which airs on TBS but he joked that he went about his tour all wrong.

"I brought two chess champions and had them make out," O'Brien said. "Two dudes. It was terrible. I liked watching it, it fulfilled my fantasy, but no one else seemed to care."

Meanwhile, Sheen is on his "Violent Torpedo of Truth" tour, which wraps up May 3 in Seattle. The actor is still embroiled in a legal battle after production on the hit CBS comedy "Two and a Half Men" was halted in February soon after Sheen, 45, unleashed a slew of erratic on-air ramblings against its executives and weeks after he underwent treatment for alcohol and drug addiction. Sheen was axed from the series on March 7. He has since filed a lawsuit, demanding $100 million.

This weekend, Conan was also announced as one of the nominees for the 15th annual Webby Awards, which honors "excellence on the Internet." The talk show host's website is up for the "Best Celebrity Fan Site" Award.

The "Hollywood Bites Back" benefit also welcomed celebs and comedians like David Arquette, Elizabeth Banks ("30 Rock"), Ed Helms ("The Hangover"), B.J. Novak ("The Office"), Conan O'Brien, Sarah Silverman, Ellie Kemper ("The Office") and Jason Ritter.

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