CBS Pres. on Charlie Sheen: "I Wish He Worked This Hard to Promote Himself for an Emmy"

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Mar. 1 2011, Published 9:45 a.m. ET

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CBS president Les Moonves is speaking out amid the ranting media firestorm that is Charlie Sheen. The network head isn't taking it easy on the 45-year-old actor, jabbing right back and discussing the future of the hit CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men (ratings are up!). 

"Charlie is on the air quite a bit these days. I wish he would have worked this hard to promote himself for an Emmy," Moonves quipped about Charlie's current publicity tour, slamming CBS execs and introducing the world to his goddesses.

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Moonves also spoke about the fate of Two and a Half Men for this season.

"Short-term, financially it is actually a gainer for us," he told an audience at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in San Francisco today, via The Hollywood Reporter.

"Repeats obviously get somewhat less revenue than the originals. But it is a show that repeats very well. Doing eight fewer originals saves us quite a bit of money."

The repeat Monday night was the fourth-highest rated show of the night, according to THR.

Even though ratings are high, Moonves doesn't want the pandemonium to persist.

"I'm not saying long-term I want this to go on," he added.

"Going down the road... I don't know what's going to happen," he admitted. "I hope it's back. We'll see."

Do you think Men will ever be the same? Will Charlie and CBS reconcile?


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