Charlie Sheen is the gift that keeps on giving – and not just for the slew of media outlets he granted interviews to yesterday. Late night hosts hit the mother lode with Sheen’s colorful revelations during last night’s monologues.
Craig Ferguson, who has openly battled substance abuse, was the only comedian to take the high road. He refused to crack any jokes at Sheen’s expense. “I’ve done jokes about this stuff,” Ferguson said. “But I’m starting to feel like I paid my penny and I’m looking through my hole, and I’m not comfortable with it anymore. So if you joined us tonight thinking I’m going to be doing a lot of Charlie Sheen jokes, I’m not going to because I’m very uncomfortable with it. And by the way, you know when a late night host goes, ‘Ehhh, I don’t know,’ that maybe it’s time to do something about it – to get some help.”
Ferguson’s boycott was not shared by all. David Letterman expressed concern, saying “we’re all pulling for Charlie Sheen,” but that certainly didn’t stop him from getting in a few jabs.
Take a look at a round-up of last night’s Sheen-filled monologues:
Jimmy Kimmel: Charlie Sheen, if you have not been watching TV today, has gone crazy. And not just a little crazy. Gary Busey think’s he’s nuts.
Jay Leno: Charlie insists his show will come back. He says, “I’m a man of my word.” I believe the word is crack. To be fair, he passed a drug test over the weekend. There were no drugs in his blood or his urine. Apparently it was all still stuck in his nose.
David Letterman: How about that Charlie Sheen? I mean, let’s face it – we’re pulling for Charlie. We want him to wake up and go, “Oh, it was just a dream.” Or, “Oh, I was just kidding.” But it doesn’t seem to be going that way. Now CBS has shut down “Two and a Half Men,” so I’m back to being CBS’s biggest paid embarrassment.
Jimmy Fallon: ABC is airing a one-hour special with Charlie Sheen on “20/20″ tomorrow. He would have done “Dateline,” but then he realized it didn’t involve dates or lines.
Conan O’Brien: Charlie Sheen’s publicist resigned today. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see what Charlie’s like when he’s allowed to say whatever he wants.