Charlie Sheen says he was "disrespectful" to Ashton Kutcher when he bad -mouthed the actor, who was cast in his place on "Two and a Half Men" following his meltdown last year, in a recent interview.
Sheen 46, told TMZ last week: "I'm trying to lie and I'm trying to pretend the show doesn't suck. I'm trying to pretend that Ashton doesn't suck. I'm tired of pretending they're not completely adrift, because when you take away the anchor from your show, which they stupidly did, you go adrift. These guys are approaching salvage vessel."
On Tuesday, February 21, Sheen appeared to soften his stance, saying in a Twitter statement: Dear Ashton- My bad. I was disrespectful to a man doing his best. I got excited and threw you into a crossfire. The rest of my statement I stand behind. You, however, deserve better. Safety in your travels good sir. - The "late" Charlie Harper."
Sheen's character, a wealthy womanizer, was killed off at the beginning of the ninth season, which premiered in September. Kutcher, 34, then made his debut on the CBS show as a new character, a millionaire internet mogul, who often appears nude on screen, in what appears to be an ongoing gag.
Sheen, who is meanwhile preparing to launch a new television show this year, had previously been polite about "Two and a Half Men" continuing without him, saying that he approved of Kutcher and though it was "a little bizarre" and "mean-spirited" to have to watch his own funeral, he seemed to have moved on. The two actors bumped into each other at the 2011 Emmy Awards, just before Kutcher's debut on the show, and Sheen said on stage: "From the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season."
Sheen was famously axed from "Two and a Half Men" in March 2011 after he ranted and rambled against its co-creator and other producers on the air and on the web. During his rants, the actor coined what would become catchphrases among his fans, namely "Duh, winning!" and "Tiger Blood." His meltdown followed a rehab stint and months of personal turmoil.
He filed a $100 lawsuit over his firing. In September, Sheen reached a settlement with Warner Bros. and Lorre over the matter.
Ratings for new episodes of "Two and a Half Men," the most successful primetime sitcom that also airs in syndication, rose significantly after the season 9 premiere but have since fallen to about the same level as they were during the previous season.
The show was ranked the seventh most-watched primetime series of the 2011-12 season for far with an average of 16.7 million viewers. Last year, it was No. 17 with 12.7 million viewers. NBC singing contest "The Voice" was ranked No. 1 this year with 24.5 million viewers - about twice as many as it averaged at the end of the 2010-11 season, which featured a shortened run of "Two and a Half Men" due to Sheen's suspension and subsequent firing.
Sheen has been promoting his new FX sitcom "Anger Management," which is based on the 2003 comedy film and also stars Selma Blair and "Saw" actress Shawnee Smith as Sheen's therapist and ex-wife, respectively. The show is set to debut in the summer.
Anger Management" is produced by Joe Roth. Roth has produced films like "Mona Lisa Smile" and "Alice in Wonderland." He has been working on a television adaptation of the Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson film "Anger Management" and wanted to cast Sheen in the lead. Sheen and Roth have previously worked together on the films "Major League," "Young Guns" and "The Three Musketeers."
In the series, Sheen will be playing a revamped version of Jack Nicholson's character, an ex-athlete who advises people on how to deal with anger issues. The show is written and executive produced by Bruce Helford, who has written on shows like "Roseanne" and "The Drew Carey Show."