Charlie Sheen meets Ashton Kutcher at 2011 Emmys
Charlie Sheen and his "Two and a Half Men" replacement Ashton Kutcher ran into each other backstage at the 2011 Emmy Awards on Sunday. Did sparks fly?
Both appeared to have emerged unscathed by the encounter, which occurred one day before the airing of the show's ninth season premiere and Comedy Central's Roast of Sheen.
Sheen, 46, Tweeted a photo of the two and said he gave the "new kid a little advice."
"Seriously... @aplusk great talking to you!" Sheen said. "We'll all be watching! Make us proud!!"
"@charliesheen good to meet you too," Kutcher Tweeted back. "Wishing you the best on your new gig."
Sheen was axed from "Two and a Half Man" after he insulted its co-creator Chuck Lorre in on-air interviews and following months of turmoil, which included a stint in rehab to treat alcohol and drug abuse, reports of wild nights with former adult film stars, and legal battles with his then-wife.
The scandal has made Sheen one of the most talked about - and joked-about - celebrities in recent months (check out some of his best quotes).
Kutcher, a 33-year-old actor whose roles as goofy teen Kelso on the sitcom "That '70s Show" and host of the prank series "Punk'd" have earned him a coveted teen and young adult fanbase, was later cast in Sheen's place.
Sheen, who has battled alcohol and drug abuse for years, was suspended from the show just before he was fired. He later appeared on various news programs, touting his "winning," party-loving lifestyle and live-in girlfriends, or "goddesses." The actor maintained he was sober, dubbed himself a "rock star from Mars" and demanded a pay raise.
Sheen was the top-paid television actor in 2010, commanding a reported $1.25 million per episode, which broke a Guinness World Record. Kutcher has since nabbed the top TV salary, as he is set to earn $700,000 an episode (see a list of the top-earning TV stars).
Kutcher will make his debut on "Two and a Half Men" as a new character, a broken-hearted Internet billionaire, when the show returns for a ninth season on September 19 at 9 p.m. An hour later, Sheen's Comedy Central Roast will air. The show is set to feature William Shatner, Mike Tyson and "Jackass" star Steve-O.
(Find out when new and old favorite television shows premiere in Fall 2011.)
Sheen and Kutcher appeared on stage at separate times during the 2011 Emmys ceremony to present an award. Sheen had some words for all those involved with "Two and a Half Men."
"From the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season," Sheen said. "We spent eight wonderful years together and I know you will continue to make great television."