Gervais Stands Up For Sheen

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April 18, 2011 | 7:35am EST

British funnyman Ricky Gervais is convinced Charlie Sheen is “being exploited” as he tours his one-man show.
Sheen is currently on the road with his My Violent Torpedo Of Truth/Death Is Not An Option tour, which he launched after he was fired from his role in Two and a Half Men following a falling out with writer Chuck Lorre earlier this year.

The stand-up shows have met a mixed reaction, with some audience members heckling Sheen and critics slamming the actor’s jokes as unfunny.

Gervais, who is well known for his popular comedy concerts, has now spoken out to defend the Hollywood star, insisting he finds Sheen’s bizarre behavior deeply troubling.

In an appearance on TV show The View, Gervais said, “I’m a bit worried that he’s being exploited to be honest… Well he’s not a stand-up comedian is he? I think he’s going through a bit of phase at the moment.”