There may have been a conspiracy to keep the popular Two And A Half Men star Charlie Sheen out of the Emmy Awards. It seems someone wanted the star out of the show and the person was none other than the Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre.
Lorre wanted to keep Sheen out of the television awards show though the producers, Fox TV execs and TV Academy decision-makers wanted Sheen on the show — knowing it would be good for ratings, The Sun Times reported. They did keep the five-second lag though, just in case the actor decided to let loose.
Sheen, who was sacked from the show in March after criticising its producer and then went on a months-long public meltdown, has appeared chastened in chat-show appearances in the last week, as his new TV show airs this week.
"I want to take a moment to get something off my chest and say a few words to everybody here from Two and a Half Men,'" Sheen said, before announcing the winner of the best actor Emmy, or what he called "my old category."
"From the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season. We spent eight wonderful years together and I know you will continue to make great television," he said.
Kutcher, who joined the show in May, drew laughter when he came on later in the show to present another category's winner, deadpanning: "I am not Charlie Sheen."
There was no on-stage reconciliation, but after the show, Sheen tweeted a picture of himself and Kutcher together, with the tweet: "Giving the new kid a little advice..!".
A later tweet, using Kutcher's Twitter name @aplusk, added: "Seriously... @aplusk great talking to you! We'll all be watching! Make us proud!!"
Two and a Half Men has been a hit since it was launched in 2003 and has been nominated for numerous awards, including nods for Sheen at the Emmys and Golden Globes.