Charlie Sheen's public meltdown last year was so epic, he's spent the past six months apologizing for it. First, it was the Emmys, then his own Comedy Central roast... and this morning, a regretful Sheen offered yet another on-air mea culpa to "Today's" Matt Lauer for the series of rants that got him booted off the hit CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men."
Lauer didn't mince words, telling the embattled actor right off the bat that a year ago, "a lot of people would've placed a bet that you wouldn't be around." Sheen again acknowledged how crazy things got for him, saying when he looked back on footage from that time, "it was a little cringeable... because I didn't recognize parts of who that guy was." It's easy to understand why Sheen's contrite now; he has a new sitcom, "Anger Management," premiering on FX this June, and he wants to get back in the public's good graces.
But we're not so sure Sheen has completely buried his bad-boy past. He spent most of the interview joking around, implying that he doesn't take his recovery all that seriously. Lauer pressed him on a TMZ video that appears to show Sheen drunk outside of a recent Guns 'n' Roses concert, adding, "I don't know one addiction specialist who would tell a guy in your position it's okay to drink." Sheen wryly replied, "If you do, I should probably go to that guy."
In fact, we're a little worried about Sheen: With his sweaty, disheveled demeanor and frantic hand motions, he looked more out of control this morning than he has since his apology tour started. He even let out his trademark "Hello?" a few times. Could we be in for (gasp) Sheenpocalypse 2012? Fasten your seat belts.