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But Sheen’s professional conflict devolved into a custody battle over his 23-month-old twin sons with estranged wife Mueller Sheen. She used his public remarks, as well as conduct she claimed was threatening and violent, to seek a court order removing the children from his home last week.

CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves, interviewed at an investors’ conference Monday morning, sidestepped the Sheen controversy when it was brought up by Deutsche Bank analyst Doug Mitchelson.

When Moonves discussed controlling series’ costs by making “adjustments,” such as “let’s say, not renewing some high-priced actors,” Mitchelson asked if Moonves had ever successfully replaced a show’s lead actor before. Moonves remained silent, and the analyst apologized and said he’d promised “no Charlie Sheen questions.”

CBS is owned by CBS Corp., whose shares were up 6 cents at $23.68 in after-hours trading Monday after closing down 34 cents, or 1.4 percent, at $23.62 in the regular session. Shares of Warner Bros. parent Time Warner Inc. were down a penny at $36.77 in the extended session after losing 47 cents, or 1.3 percent, to close at $36.78.

The market had closed before the statement about Sheen’s firing was released by Warner.


AP Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney and AP Business Writer Ryan Nakashima contributed to this report.