One of the fun things about watching awards shows is that you never really know what to expect to come out of the mouths of the various presenters, winners and hosts — even with network censors in place. So when the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which hosts the Emmys, invited Charlie Sheen to present this year, they likely had their censors on guard, given Sheen’s year of unpredictable, outspoken behavior.
Turns out they needn’t have worried, because when Sheen stepped out to present, he kept things totally professional and completely classy.
“Good evening,” he told the audience, which received him warmly. “Before I present Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy, my old category, I want to take a moment to get something off my chest and say a few words to everyone here from ’Two and a Half Men,’ ” he said, pausing a moment for dramatic effect before offering his former employers some genuine well-wishes.
“From the bottom of my heart, I wish 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. Now on to the Emmy.”
Sheen then proceeded to announce Jim Parsons as the winner for his role on “Big Bang Theory,” beating out category favorite Alec Baldwin from “30 Rock,” Steve Carell (“The Office”), and newer faces Johnny Galecki (“Big Bang Theory”) and Matt LeBlanc (“Episodes”).