Jon Cryer Opens Up About 'Great Friend' Charlie Sheen: 'We Want Nothing But the Best for Him'

As if there was any doubt, Jon Cryer is truly a standup guy.

During a visit to CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday, the remaining Two and a Half Men man took some time to discuss his erstwhile co-star, Charlie Sheen. And while jokes were made about the embattled actor’s current plight — mainly on Letterman’s end — Cryer took the high road when it came to Sheen, someone he still calls a “great friend.”

After spending the past six months riding out a public storm that included near-cancellation for CBS’ Men and Sheen’s public berating of his co-stars, Cryer surprised Late Show viewers with his unwavering support of the actor.

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“We want nothing but the best for him,” Cryer said. “I want him to get healthy, I want him to stay sober, I want him to be reunited with his family — that would be the best thing. I love him. He’s a great friend.”

Letterman was quick to point out that Sheen wasn’t as forthcoming with his compliments and well wishes, referencing the recent time he called Cryer a troll. “As friends do!” Cryer retorted with a laugh.

As for how everything ultimately went down with the Men shakeup, Cryer still seems to be in the dark.

“We didn’t see where [Sheen's breakdown] was going. This has never happened before [on a TV show],” he explained. “It wasn’t like back in 1963 everyone remembers when Fred McMurray went bats–t and started talking about free mason ninjas and stuff. It was crazy! [Laughs.] And Vivian Vance started urinating on the set of Here’s Lucy. Nobody was prepared for this.”

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But unfortunately, Cryer added, “Nobody in show business can possibly get away with making fun of their boss. It just doesn’t happen.”

See what else Cryer had to say about Men, Sheen, and incoming replacement Ashton Kutcher in the video below:

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22 Comments
  1. John Berggren says:

    Classy guy. I really don’t want to see Ashton Kutcher in anything, but I do wish him luck.

  2. april-ann says:

    “…But unfortunately, Cryer added, “Nobody in show business can possibly get away with making fun of their boss. It just doesn’t happen.”…” And unfortunately, the boss can diss the cash cow at every possible turn and get away with it. It happened.

    • claudia says:

      Haven’t you ever had an idiot boss? Or a sexist or unfair one? How far would you have gotten if you made fun of him/her? It doesnt’t matter if the boss deserves it, there are things you still can’t say.

      • Fiona says:

        Yes it is matter ! And i disagree totally TOTALLY ! This type of “yes big corporate/suit men” mentality disgusts me, when the boss is obnoxious we should stand for ourselves damn it ! Maybe there will be consequences but it could change this awful abuse of power, it could make progress in a more equal, fair rapport between boss and employee..things change little by little but if we accept this domination, if we continue this “yes sir” mentality it will never change !!

    • Wade says:

      “Nobody in show business can possibly get away with making fun of their boss. It just doesn’t happen.”

      Everybody here realizes that was probably a joke, that he was saying that to David Letterman, who has rather notoriously made fun of his bosses for several years in his previous television program, right?

      • tina says:

        Thank God SOMEBODY got that joke!

        • april-ann says:

          EVERYBODY got that joke! It was not difficult to get. But the comments were intended to stay on topic. Um, by the way, Dave has poked fun at and made fun of his CURRENT bosses on his CURRENT television program for 20 years. What Lorre and Charlie exchanged was not poking fun, it was horribly insulting on both their parts.

    • Angela says:

      Yeah, and let’s not forget that the “cash cow” was innocent and didn’t need dissing at all! Imagine a boss having the nerve to express unhappiness that he couldn’t plan a multi-million dollar show show around his lead actor’s arrests for beating up women and trashing hotel rooms, numerous trips to rehab, numerous trips to the hospital, etc. Didn’t the boss know he was just supposed to continue giving Mr. Entitlement full and free rein to do whatever the hell he wanted and continue to excuse and overlook selfish obnoxious behavior that would have gotten anyone else fired two years earlier? The nerve!

  3. John says:

    Doesn’t matter. The boss is the boss. It’s juvenile for Sheen to think that he, even with all his money, is above respecting the person that signs those checks, even if he doesn’t receive respect along with them. To quote Don Draper, “That’s what the money is for!”

    • april-ann says:

      Can’t dispute that, John, you’re totally right. I guess I just don’t understand the respect for Lorre that appears to be floating around.

  4. Carm says:

    Sheen did a lot more than make fun of the boss.

    • yeah right says:

      bouahahaha in this case Lorre did a more than making fun also..vanity cards anyone..and lot’s of others things that medias hide (Time Warner..Warner Bros..mmmm) that whas going on behind the scenes..that poor dumb and gullible audience drink..drink the kool-aid drink drink..

  5. Bella says:

    Jon handled that very well. And april-anne, Lorre gets a lot of respect because he has created a lot of hit shows. Kaley Cuoco of The Big Bang Theory talked about all the support she got from Lorre and things he did for her when she broke her leg and it affected the show. Of course, she probably shows up on time, is sober, gets along with everyone and doesn’t believe that the only reason her show does well is because of her.

  6. XK says:

    If all Sheen has done was make fun of his boss, this would be a non-issue. Making fun of your boss at the same time as consistently making headlines for your drug-fueled rampages while simultaneously throwing everyone else in the cast under the bus… yeah, that will get you fired.

    • Mikos says:

      Yeah but it wasn’t so much Sheen “making fun” of his boss as it was Sheen going off and verbally attacking his boss. Lorre’s vanity card stuff was “making fun”.

  7. melissa says:

    a class act

  8. Kevin says:

    Always keeping his honesty and his words. Sheen still let CBS down as well as Chuck Lorre, Les Moonves and the show. Guess the upcoming season will be the last if Ashton Kutcher proves he’s NO CHARLIE SHEEN.

  9. Robb says:

    I couldn’t care less about all the crap that went on with Sheen. I watched the show because it was funny and part of the reason it was so hilarious is that Sheen was playing himself. With Sheen gone, I’ll be watching something else.

  10. Nate says:

    Not a classy guy at all…so he defends a crack addict who disrupted his set, but the year that Neal Patrick Harris was the favorite to win an Emmy, he filmed an interview where he said that out gay actors couldn’t be believed as straight men on film. The guy has no morals- I doubt he was ever “close friends” with Sheen. He’s the reason I didn’t watch “Two and a Half Men” so I won’t be watching in the fall either.

    • JJ says:

      I actually hadn’t heard of that interview so I just googled it. Left a bad taste in my mouth however since that was from 2009 I’m going to hope he’s done some growing up since then.

  11. wendi says:

    I think 2 and a half men is very funny,and charlie sheen was great on the show.However, les moonves is a genius. The show will go on with Kutcher, and be as big as ever.

  12. Angela just shut up. says:

    Chuck Lorre is not innocent either and he totally did accept Sheen behaviour since it was directly in rapport with him (the Sheen jabs at him whereas Lorre did the same in his dull vanity cards).
    Moreover there are also lot’s of allegations about Sheen personal life..which are not YOUR business, our business or even Lorre business. A Charlie Sheen lifestyle that Lorre did overlook without any problems for many years..
    The nerve indeed !

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