Charlie Sheen is ‘Genuinely Interested’ in Being a Judge on ‘American Idol’ [AUDIO]

July 17, 2012 8:50 am
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Charlie Sheen called in to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” on Tuesday to chat about his new show “Anger Management,” why he left Twitter, and wanting to be a judge on “American Idol.”

Would Charlie Consider Being The Next ‘Idol’ Judge?
There was a story in the news that Nigel Lythgoe, the producer of “American Idol,” had said something about offering Charlie the opportunity to be a judge. “It kind of came out of nowhere and I responded with a quote just to sort of check the temperature of it or test the waters, haven’t heard anything back. I guess it got some people curious,” Charlie tells us. “It seems so out of the blue that it almost made perfect sense. I thought this could be a lot of fun. Seriously…I’m genuinely interested. It’s so different, it could be radical.”

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On Leaving Twitter:
“There was something about it that never felt right and it’s hard to tell 8 million people: ‘Hey, don’t take it personally.’ It just never felt like it represented who I am and who my fans have come to know me to be. I’ve always been a really private guy and then to be reporting every 14 minutes about what kind of dressing you had on your salad?! There’s enough information out there as it is, for me to keep fueling that…I don’t know. I just lost a passion for it, I guess that’s what it was.”

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On Being Back On TV:
“It’s exciting! It’s not just coming back on, but to come back on with something that I’m really proud of. It’s really exciting to see the response and to see how people are really tuning into this thing and just not being let down. It’s a readjustment, because I left a show they were quite fond of and got very familiar with these characters and these stories and then one day it just got shut off, but I’m excited to bring something back. It’s so different, you can’t even compare the two.”

Charlie Sheen Was All Smiles On The Set Of His New TV Show ‘Anger Management’

On his first day on the set of “Anger Management,” Charlie tells us: “I thanked everybody for taking a leap of faith and just seeing where this odyssey will take us.” So, is Charlie having fun on the new set? “I am. It was the first time in a while that I was excited to get to work and then sad to leave. There’s an environment there that welcomes all types of input, myself included. I don’t feel like just a hired gun or a puppet. Everybody there is striving for the same goal, which is really exciting.”

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Charlie To Donate $1 Million To USO
Charlie will donate 1% of the profits from “Anger Management” to the USO, with the actor guaranteeing a minimum of $1 million and an unlimited cap on the final donation amount to the military aid organization. The donation marks the largest single contribution ever from an individual to the USO, as well as the first time that the USO is receiving a contribution from an actor’s television show proceeds. The funds from Sheen’s donation will be used towards an entertainment facility for seriously injured military troops in Bethesda, MD.

You can see “Anger Management” Thursday nights at 9:30/8:30c on FX.


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