By The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — The Charlie Sheen redemption tour continued Sunday night with an appearance on the 2011 Emmy Awards, with the actor offering an olive branch to his former colleagues, whom he had relentlessly trashed on TV, radio and Twitter months earlier.
Sheen’s apparent humility in presenting the award for lead actor in a comedy was the polar opposite of the ranting star who continually declared that he had “tiger blood” and was constantly “winning.”
“I want to take a moment here to get something off my chest and say something to everyone here at ‘Two and a Half Men,’ ” Sheen said before naming the nominees. “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.”
Sheen later tweeted that he had spoken with Ashton Kutcher, who has replaced him on the CBS sitcom. “Seriously,” he tweeted to Kutcher, “great talking to you. We’ll all be watching. Make us proud.”
While the audience responded with warmth to Sheen’s comments, his calmness may have served another purpose. The actor has been hitting the talk-show circuit this week to promote “The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen,” taped Sept. 10 and set to air Monday, the same night as the return of his former comedy. In addition, Sheen has plans for a new project called “Anger Management.”
In various chats, Sheen has admitted he went overboard during his troubled months and would have fired himself from the series.
“I really couldn’t put out the fire, so I had to keep fueling it,” he said on Friday’s “Today” show.
When Kutcher and series co-star Jon Cryer came on stage later to present, Kutcher quipped that “I’m not Charlie Sheen,” and said to Cryer, “I don’t think you’re a troll,” one of the names Cryer had been labeled by Sheen.
Neither actor acknowledged Sheen’s conciliatory comments.