Roseanne Barr said that she completely gets how Charlie Sheen could crack up under the enormous pressures of the Hollywood meat grinder, as the funny woman appeared on The Late Show Tuesday to promote her new Lifetime reality show, Roseanne's Nuts.
She recalled a story about how her sister was in the audience for one of the initial tapings of her iconic sitcom Roseanne, and overheard a pair of skeptics questioning how "a show about fat people" would prosper in the ratings.
"It turned out it was my own agent and the producer of the show!" Roseanne said, adding she understands why a guy like Sheen, in a similar scenario, would trip in his own footsteps.
"You can lose your mind," she said.
Roseanne, 58, said she's never met Sheen, but "kind of feels sorry for him."
"I can understand how you can go really crazy like that," she said.
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What Roseanne didn't say on Letterman was that while she's never met Mr. Tiger Blood, she has bad blood with his arch-rival, Two and a Half Men creator and executive producer Chuck Lorre, who worked on her show from 1990-1992.
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In a blog earlier this year, she called Lorre's writing a mismash of "sh*t jokes and adolescent sniggering over breasts and women's body parts lines.
"I never really worked with him," Roseanne blogged about Lorre, "as he was mostly drunk when he was on my show and too busy making deals with my producers for shows that copied mine...to turn in too many good scripts."
Roseanne's Nuts premieres on Lifetime Wednesday at 9/8c. The Late Show airs weeknights on CBS at 11:35/10:35c.
View the clip of Roseanne on Letterman below:
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