Charlie Sheen, Ashton Kutcher
Continuing on his image rehabilitation campaign, Charlie Sheen offered up hearty congratulations to the cast of Two and a Half Men for their record-breaking premiere, which drew nearly 28 million viewers, among them Sheen himself.
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"It was a little bizarre watching it, but yeah, for the most part I was really impressed with what they did," Sheen told Access Hollywood.
In the season premiere, those remaining held Charlie Harper's funeral. He died when he "fell" in front of a high-speed train in Paris (conveniently, the day after his fiancée found out he had cheated) and his body subsequently exploded "like a balloon full of meat."
"That's got to be the highest attended funeral of all time," Sheen said. "And it's interesting because I'm doing [a] film with Roman Coppola and there is a funeral scene in that. So I'm a guy that's gonna have to survive my own funeral twice in the same year! That's how I roll, right? No, it's exciting...you know, it's fun, it's fake."
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Two and a Half Men's Season 9 premiere notched a 10.3 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds — the highest ever for the program, and more than double that of Season 8's first episode. On cable, Sheen set record ratings of his own: 6.4 million viewers watched Comedy Central's roast of Sheen, making it the highest-rated roast in the history of the franchise.
"It was a big night for everybody on Monday night — for Two and a Half, for us, for me," Sheen said. "I think everybody won. I thought the show was really good. I thought [Ashton Kutcher] was terrific."
Sheen didn't, however, share his thoughts on Ashton Kutcher, who replaced him on the series after he was fired. "Oh, that's between us. You know I can't reveal everything," he says.
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As for former co-star Jon Cryer, whom Sheen called a "troll" this summer, "Jon is Jon," he says. "He's a freaking genius. I think [the show has] got a real shot. It felt like a pilot. It felt like a really good pilot."
Do you believe Sheen is happy for his former castmates? What did you think of the Two and a Half Men premiere?