A surprisingly contrite Charlie Sheen took to NBC’s Tonight Show on Thursday night to talk about some of his outrageous behavior during the past several months.

Despite his lawsuit pending against Two and a Half Men studio Warner Bros. alleging that he was unfairly dismissed from the CBS hit, Sheen told host Jay Leno that his employers had good cause to let him go.

Leno asked the actor if he’s still angry at Men producers and CBS.

“No, no. I would have fired my ass too,” Sheen said, then added: “Well, maybe not like they did.”

Sheen said his rants spawned a media frenzy that was like “a runaway train that I was the reluctant conductor of — and it just kept going.”

“I said some things that were a little out there,” he said, drawing laughs. “I might have overshot the mark a little bit. But these were just metaphors. I didn’t really believe I had ‘tiger blood’ or ‘Adonis DNA.’ These were just jokes.”

“Many people thought you were out of control,” said Leno. “Were you out of control?”

“Absolutely,” Sheen said.

Asked if he has any advice for Ashton Kutcher, his replacement on the CBS comedy, Sheen said, “It’s hard to give advice to a guy that accomplished. I would just give him a hug and just say, ‘Make me proud, dude.’”

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