Asked about the ratings slide, Sheen said, “People aren’t stupid, you know? Not all of them.”
Charlie’s replacement, Ashton Kutcher, made his debut on the show last month, drawing in a record-breaking 28.7 million viewers. However, the sitcom’s recent ratings saw just over 14.85 million people tune in, a drop of nearly 50%.
Sheen didn’t blame Kutcher for the drop in the ratings.
“He’s doing the best he can,” he said. “I don’t think the role is cursed, but I’m extremely disappointed with how they’re handling what I left behind.”
Sheen was fired from the hit sitcom earlier this year after an ugly war of words with Two and a Half Men producer Chuck Lorre.
However, at this year’s Emmy Awards he struck a conciliatory tone, saying, “From the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season. We spent eight wonderful years together, and I know you will continue to make great television.”
Sheen also took the opportunity and gave a quick update on his upcoming show Anger Management.
“We’re going to start [filming] in January,” he said, adding that viewers will get “everything they’re not getting right now.”
In September, Sheen settled his lawsuit with Lorre and Warner Bros. Television, receiving $25 million in the deal, despite having initially sought $100 million.