DENISE RICHARDS DIDN’T WANT TO BE A PAWN IN THE WAR BETWEEN CHARLIE SHEEN AND CHUCK LORRE
Denise Richards is smarter than she looks. We were startled to hear that she was invited to appear on the first episode of this season’s “Two and a Half Men” with Ashton Kutcher. Certainly she can use the money and exposure for her lagging career. But we give her credit for instantly recognizing it was not a generous gesture on the part of producer Chuck Lorre, but simply one-up-man-ship. It would have been a huge slap in Charlie Sheen’s face if Denise had accepted the role. Denise doesn’t want to erode relations with the father of her children so she regretfully turned down the opportunity.