June 3, 2014 at 11:23 AM ET
"Two and a Half Men" may be a hit sitcom, but not everyone is a fan of the raunchy humor or former star Charlie Sheen. And now, creator Chuck Lorre is apologizing for unleashing the CBS comedy on the masses. Well, sort of.
While accepting his Television Academy honors for his new CBS sitcom "Mom," Lorre jokingly said, "To do a show about people trying to redeem their lives and to salvage and repair the damage they've done, for me, is an opportunity to apologize for 'Two and a Half Men.'"
The ceremony celebrated shows that inspire, inform, motivate and have "the power to change lives."
"Mom" stars Allison Janney as Bonnie, an alcoholic who is trying to put her life back together. Anna Faris stars as her daughter, Christy. Lorre was honored for the episode "Zombies and Cobb Salad," which had Bonnie falling off the wagon and drinking again, and Christy staging an intervention.
"It's a dark area. It destroys lives, it destroys families, and if you're as cavalier about it, that's not right. But if you can't laugh at it, maybe that's not exactly right either," Lorre told Variety about the "Mom" episode. "Somewhere in the middle, there is a balance between the two. There is comedy to be had, it just takes a little time to find it."
While Lorre has found plenty of comedy with "Men," CBS announced last month that the long-running show will end after season 12, which kicks off this fall.
"Chuck Lorre is creating a season-long event," Nina Tassler, CBS president, revealed. "He has a lot of surprises in store."
There's no word yet on whether Sheen, whose character was killed off at the beginning of season nine after the actor's public battle with Lorre, will return for the series finale. But Sheen told David Letterman last year that he'd like to appear in the finale.