Charlie Sheen to Leno: 'I would have fired my ass too'

A surprisingly contrite Charlie Sheen took to NBC’s Tonight Show on Thursday night to talk about some of his outrageous behavior during the past several months.

Despite his lawsuit pending against Two and a Half Men studio Warner Bros. alleging that he was unfairly dismissed from the CBS hit, Sheen told host Jay Leno that his employers had good cause to let him go.

Leno asked the actor if he’s still angry at Men producers and CBS.

“No, no. I would have fired my ass too,” Sheen said, then added: “Well, maybe not like they did.”

Sheen said his rants spawned a media frenzy that was like “a runaway train that I was the reluctant conductor of — and it just kept going.”

“I said some things that were a little out there,” he said, drawing laughs. “I might have overshot the mark a little bit. But these were just metaphors. I didn’t really believe I had ‘tiger blood’ or ‘Adonis DNA.’ These were just jokes.”

“Many people thought you were out of control,” said Leno. “Were you out of control?”

“Absolutely,” Sheen said.

Asked if he has any advice for Ashton Kutcher, his replacement on the CBS comedy, Sheen said, “It’s hard to give advice to a guy that accomplished. I would just give him a hug and just say, ‘Make me proud, dude.’”

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  • stuart bonkers

    Sa Da Tay, my damie

    • hmm


      Cole me down on the panny sty

      • Riverdale

        @jamesf – I checked out your pics “firstly” and honey, you ain’t that hot!

    • Pam C

      tippy ta on the cappy-tay!
      They need to show this interview in D.A.R.E. The before/after is pretty amazing.

    • DTO

      Pootie Tang was awesome!


      wah da tah mah main damies, wah da tah…

    • Tom

      When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

    • A Fan


    • Biggie Shortie

      You gotta sine yo pity on the runny kine.

  • allie

    sounds like he is back on lithium

    • Buddy

      That’s what I was gonna say. Stay on your meds, dude.

      • Tom

        A word to the wise is infuriating.

    • CG

      When you have burned all your bridges I guess you have no choice but to admit defeat and beg for a second chance. More to come.

  • tom

    someone looking to get back in the spotlight?

  • LOU

    For the first time since before Charlie Sheen was fired, I am actually worried from him.

    These comments coming from him sound nothing like him… he’s not himself.

    Does anyone else think he needs help?

    • Tom

      It was the Law of the Sea, they said. Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top.

      • Alejandra

        The last time I deadlifted was the tataba day where I made the mistake of doing 185 instead of 155, so today I stayed with 155 .it took me forever (or 19ish minutes) I think my least favorite portion of this was the air squats.

    • Hi

      It sounds like he’s already getting help…this is what help does…it makes you normal again!

    • Matt

      It’s not bad at all; he’s sobering/manning up, and admitting his mistakes. NOW I am rooting for him. I hope all of those people that were rooting for him months ago are still going to be by his side now.

  • graeme

    Someone realizes that he ain’t getting work. Gotta get back on people’s good side!

    • Vetiver

      ??? What would your advice to him be? Stay sick. Don’t get better. Because if you do try, some EW commenter will just say you’re trying to get work.

  • topher

    We all make mistakes. None of us could possibly know what he went through, making that kind of money and being that popular. I think he realizes the mistakes he’s made and it looks like he’s trying to make amends and get back to doing what he does best. Entertain! (which we all know he does very well) I think he’ll make a great comeback! Good luck Charlie!

  • Pam C

    topher, You are a loser just like your boyfriend.

  • Chad

    Nice to see the drugs are working, but it would seem he just handed CBS the upper hand in the lawsuit.

    • Al

      I think he did that when he yelled out “free at last” at paparazzi on the day he was fired.

  • Alice

    I agree with Pam

  • Lola

    Chad is such an ugly name.

    • Tom

      Steve comes a close second.

      • Bernd

        Well thank goodness for that! I thuhgot I was going to have to relive his warlockness through your words, but you saved us of that torture…however, can I just say: Seriously? Is he serious? I think he’s going to be the most famous actor in the history of actors because he’s going looney.

  • Alice

    I agree with Lola.

  • Fatima

    Why was his tie SO COMICALLY LARGE?

    • Tom

      To compete with Jay’s large chin. Winning!

    • CG

      He leaks.

  • Jay

    He needs a paycheck and can’t mess up anymore and needs to seem contrite so people aren’t afraid to hire him. He has 2 ex’s and 4 kids to support. Needing money to keep coming in straightens people out.

    • Vetiver

      So you would advise him to stay as sick as possible because that would be genuine?

      • Javadude54

        Are you really that obtuse?

      • CG

        He is still sicker than a leper.

  • Dawn

    I do believe Charlie has realizes how badly he screwed up and screwed over his cast members. Just wish they could come to terms and bring himback on the show.I’m sorry but I dont believe it will make it with Ashton.

    • Tom

      Does anyone really care? No.

  • pattycupcake

    he’s obviously hired a good firm to give him advice and help repair his image so he can get work. that’s good. i think most people are really rooting for him because they either have been there or know someone who has been there. he’s looking better but you can still see he’s been thru the mill. i really wish him all the best and hope he stays on track. he really is a gifted comic actor and i’m looking forward to seeing whatever project comes thru for him. ps he should give jon cryer a call. there’s a guy who’s been thru a lot lately with all this. CS should repair that friendship as soon as possible.

    • Cyn

      No I am not rooting for him. I hope he gets well but I hope he also goes away. I can;t imagine any of us getting that many chances in our profession, from the law or from our family. Also, I don’t find him a gifted comic actor. I find him a one note guy who reads boobie and sex jokes that some people find funny.

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