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Jon Cryer Breaks Silence on Charlie Sheen: 'We Felt There Was No Control Over Him'

Jon Cryer, Charlie Sheen
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In an interview with David Letterman, he says the actor’s meltdown remains “as much a mystery to me as to everyone.”

Jon Cryer says he didn't see Charlie Sheen's meltdown coming.

"It's as much a mystery to me as to everyone, I think," he said on the Late Show With David Letterman Wednesday. "My favorite moment was I got a text from someone, saying, 'Charlie Sheen just called Thomas Jefferson a p*ssy.' I said, 'I think things are getting out of hand.'

"We didn't see where it was going,” Cryer went on. “This has never happened before. It wasn't like, back in 1963, oh everyone remembers when Fred McMurray went bats*it and started talking about free mason ninjas and stuff. It was crazy! And Vivian Vance started urinating on the set of 'Here's Lucy.' So nobody was prepared for this ... None of us wanted to continue with the show if we felt it was hurting him, and there was a point when everyone felt like... there was no control here."

Sheen was fired from CBS’ Two and a Half Men in early March (and later replaced by Ashton Kutcher) after a weeks-long media circus that had the actor attacking everything from Alcoholics Anonymous to Men co-creator Chuck Lorre.

When the show first shut down earlier this year, Cryer said, "It was the end of the world for some people. There are a lot of fans of the show... it hit people hard."

At one point during the interview, Letterman suggested that Sheen was canned for his crude remarks about Lorre. Cryer replied, “Nobody in show business can possibly get away with making fun of their boss.”

Even though Sheen blasted Cryer as a "troll" in the press for not defending him after he was fired, Cryer said he just wants his former colleague to be healthy and happy.

"I want him to stay sober, I want him to be reunited with his family," he said. "That would be the best thing.'

As for Sheen’s replacement, Kutcher, Cryer said his new costar shares the same sense of humor as his former colleague.

He recalled how on a recent press trip, he and Kutcher shared a private jet. As they began boarding, Cryer said Kutcher told him: "You know what I love about private jets: You can bring knives on board."

Letterman shot back, "There you go ... chapter two. He's crazy, like the first guy."