Charlie Sheen trashes Ashton Kutcher, 'Two and a Half Men'
On Thursday, Sheen -- sounding quite a bit like the cantankerous star who rampaged across pop culture in early 2011 -- called in to "TMZ Live" to complain to co-hosts Harvey Levin and Charles Latibeaudiere about "Two and a Half Men," his former sitcom home.
"I'm tired of lying," Sheen said. "I'm tired of pretending the show doesn't suck. I'm tired of pretending Ashton [Kutcher] doesn't suck. I'm tired of pretending that they're not completely adrift. Because when you take away the anchor of your show, which they stupidly did, you go adrift. And these guys are approaching salvage vessel."
Back in September, Sheen's tone was more positive, telling TMZ that Kutcher's debut was "the best intro for a new a character on a TV show of all time."
Time has passed and things have changed, including a cease and desist letter from Warner Bros. (the studio that produces "Two and a Half Men") ordering Sheen to stop using Warner-owned photos of himself to promote his new FX series "Anger Management."
Sheen tells Levin that it's nothing personal with Kutcher: The problem is the writing. "I feel bad for him. He's saddled with such bad writing. ... There's just nothing about it that's fresh or interesting. I forget that it's on the air."
Sheen is apparently one of the few who have forgotten it's on the air, as the Kutcher-starring version of the CBS series debuted to its highest ratings ever (28.74 million viewers) and has seen higher ratings this season than the last few seasons starring Sheen.
-- Patrick Kevin Day
Photo: Charlie Sheen. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press