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“You want a raise?” Rossen asked.

Replied Sheen: “Yeah, look what they put me through.”

On ABC, Sheen said to correspondent Andrea Canning that he planned to sue his bosses.

“Wouldn’t you?” he said. “I’ve got a whole family to support and love. People beyond me are relying on that. I’m here to collect. They’re going to lose. They’re going to lose in a courtroom, so I would recommend that they settle out of court.”

Sheen said that he’s bored now with cocaine. But he said he “exposed people to magic” when they partied with him and that he loved doing drugs.

“What’s not to love?” he said on ABC. “Especially when you see how I party. It was epic. The run I was on made Sinatra, Flynn, Jagger, Richards just look like droopy-eyed armless children.”

ABC and Radar Online had Sheen’s blood and urine tested for drugs over the weekend.

The results were “a big win for Charlie Sheen, no question,” said Radar’s Dylan Howard. He said the dual tests revealed Sheen hadn’t had drugs in at least 72 hours.

“I am on a drug,” Sheen said. “It’s called Charlie Sheen. It’s not available because if you try it you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body.”

The interviews heightened the competition between the network morning shows. Sheen gave his interview to ABC on Saturday, and the network said it was under the impression he wouldn’t speak to any other network over the weekend because it planned a “20/20’” special on Tuesday, but Sheen spoke to NBC on Sunday.

“I don’t think it’s really fair to compare the two,” said James Goldston, senior executive producer of “Good Morning America.” “NBC got a short interview. It’s really not the same thing at all.”

Jim Bell, executive producer of “Today,” said Rossen had been working hard for a long time to get the interview. He dismissed any suggestion that the morning shows were being enablers for Sheen.

“It’s a great story,” he said. “We don’t have this much interest when we have a big interview on Libya or a powerful, smart series on the brain.’


AP Television Writers Lynn Elber and Frazier Moore contributed to this report.

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