Charlie's ex offered mad Men money

2011-09-22 17:26 Los Angeles - Denise Richards was reportedly offered $100 000 to appear in Two and a Half Men.

The makers of the sitcom approached Denise, the ex-wife of Charlie Sheen - who was fired during filming of the last series - to appear on screen at the funeral for his character, which aired  in the US on Monday.

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A source told "They wanted to bring back a real ex."

A friend of Denise's said it was hard for her to say no, but she didn't want to upset her former husband – who reportedly settled a $100 million payout with the show's makers over his being sacked earlier this week.

Denise knows where her bread is buttered

The friend said: "She really wants to get back into TV. But Charlie would've gone crazy, and Denise knows where her bread is buttered."

In the show viewers saw Charlie's on-screen brother Alan Harper - played by Jon Cryer – drop his character's ashes all over the floor.

It was also revealed the actor's alter ego had died when being hit by a Paris subway train, shortly after admitting to his new wife, Rose, he cheated on her.

Rose told the congregation at his funeral: "I just want you to know that Charlie didn't suffer. His body just exploded like a balloon full of meat."

A new lead character was also introduced to the show, played by Ashton Kutcher.