By James Hibberd
Updated September 18, 2011 at 12:00 PM EDT
Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen took the Emmy stage Sunday night and presented the award for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series. The actor called the award “my old category” and then declared:

“I want to take a moment to get something off my chest and say a few words to everybody at Two and a Half Men.” Sheen paused dramatically, then said: “From the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season. We spent eight wonderful years together and I know you will continue to make great television.” Fox and producers were reportedly pressured by Men showrunner Chuck Lorre to drop the actor from the telecast. But see, that wasn’t so bad, right?

Jim Parsons — whose show, The Big Bang Theory, is also produced by Lorre — won the category. After Sheen handed him the award, Parsons said, “This is so odd for so many reasons.”

Back stage, Parsons said he had no idea before the show that Sheen was going to present his category.

“My first glimpse of Charlie was when they showed him getting his makeup in the clips,” Parsons said. “Then two and two came together in my head. And the rest just happened.”

Later, when Men duo Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher presented outstanding drama writing, Kutcher said, “I want to tell you something: I do not think you are a troll,” referencing Sheen’s odd put down of Cryer a few months back.

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