Is It Time for Jon Cryer to Get Serious About the Charlie Sheen Situation?

Jon Cryer appeared on TBS’ Conan Thursday night to once again address the Charlie Sheen situation… without really addressing it. Raising the question: Will he ever?

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On the late-night talker, Cryer “responded” to Sheen’s recent declaration that his Two and a Half Men costar is a “troll” for not publicly reaching out to and supporting him during his headline-grabbing feud with the sitcom’s producers. You can watch the full Conan clip below, but if I may boil it down for you: Cryer interprets the “troll” label literally.

The Conan cameo marked the second time Cryer has obliquely weighed in on the ongoing Sheen sitch, having previously appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in his “new job,” as a receptionist. (You can watch that video here.)

OK, we get it — Cryer is “breaking his silence,” only not. It’s the stuff viral videos are made of.

But is Cryer trying to have it both ways by making these TV appearances without offering something of substance about his troubled costar, a man he has worked alongside for some 20 years (if you date back to Hot Shots)?

Holland Taylor issued a statement about her on- and off-camera experiences with her Two and a Half Men son. Marin Hinkle has talked about how the controversy may portend “the end of something amazing.” But Cryer? Steadfastly mum.

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How many more lighthearted chuckles can we expect from Cryer before he steps forth with some sobering insight on Sheen’s wild post-rehab media rampage and the antics that have thrown the future of TV’s most watched comedy — and the hundreds of people employed by it — into jeopardy?

Do you agree with Cryer’s approach? Does he “owe” us nothing? Or do you think the time for milking the situation for (the faintest of) laughs is over?

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84 Comments
  1. Jenny says:

    I love this thread! For once, everyone actually agrees about the situation! Jon Cryer did the right thing! He made a light hearted joke about the situation which I love!!! If the show does return, I will watch it for him! :)

  2. godzilla_foil says:

    His statement is given. He’s clearly not happy with Sheen (and probably has issues with the other side as well, as employees of sonofabitch employers usually do) and he won’t say it out loud on TV — which, in itself, makes for a perfectly understandable statement. Hell, he doesn’t have to say anything else! Don’t you get it?

  3. godzilla_foil says:

    (I don’t mean “you, MWM”. I mean “you all people”. You, MWM, along with Ausiello, are people who I sincerely admire for what you do.)

  4. Bartman says:

    Jon Cryer is an Emmy-awarding winning comedic actor and doesn’t owe anyone an explanation in regards to the trainwreck that is now Charlie Sheen. He’s using humor to deal with a bad situation that was not of his making – now that is class!!

  5. rlynh says:

    I think Cryer responded in the only way he could: with a little self-deflecting humor to avoid having to address the nasty attacks Sheen made against him. That shows class, which is sadly lacking from the Sheenophrenia presently taking place in the media.

  6. amy says:

    This is the stupidest thing I’ve seen online in a while, and that counts GIFs on “I Can Has Cheezburger.” Why the hell does Cryer have to get dragged down in Sheen’s muck? Why in the world would he ever fling himself into a fight between a former coworker and a former boss? What kind of TV-addled moron thinks Cryer owes the audience ANYTHING other than strong performances? If this article was intended as troll bait, then well done. If you actually thought you were making a point, it’s kind of sad how numb to class/humor/good PR you are.

  7. Heather says:

    Jon Cryer doesn’t need to “weigh in” for it to be official. We’re adults, we can see/hear what’s going on, I mean, there’s certainly enough media coverage for us to make up our own minds, right?

  8. Cathy Salinger says:

    John Cryers’ is brilliant. He is using his comedic talent to best suit him in the end. Rather than get involved in the crossfire, he just does what he does best. He is a comedian, so he is letting people laugh with him and in the end, he is getting great exposure for the great talent that he has. Especially now that he is out of work, of course he is going to look for other avenues to continue his work. Greater opportunities will come to him this way, rather than getting inmeshed in Charlies business. He took lemons and is making lemonade.

  9. Thom says:

    He owes us nothing. Why must this type of stuff be played out in public, and why should any of us feel that it needs to be. If he wants to make light of the situation on Conan’s show then that’s all he should do.

  10. teniba says:

    this is like a soviet parliement everybidy thinks absolutely the same thing

  11. Ali says:

    I don’t see it’s Jon’s place to “get serious” about the situation. He’s friends with Charlie and he’s contracted to the show. He’s stuck between both and it would be wrong for him to take a stance either way. It’s kinda unfair that people expect him to say something.

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