Jewish creators fare well, Sheen contrite at Emmys


NEW YORK (JTA) — Charlie Sheen offered a contrite message, Jewish creators and writers fared well, and Jon Stewart won as usual at the Emmy Awards.

Sheen said he was speaking from "the bottom of my heart" when he wished the best to his former colleagues on "Two and a Half Men," the CBS sitcom from which he was fired following a rant against its executive producer and co-creator, Chuck Lorre, in which he derogatorily called him "Chaim."

The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles labeled the message notable for its lack of "a single offensive slur."  

"Casual anti-Semitism gave way to contrition," the weekly wrote. 

Jewish creators did well, as "Modern Family" and "Mad Men" came away with awards.

"Modern Family," co-created by Steven Levitan, dominated in the comedy categories, including Emmys for outstanding series, best supporting actor and actress, and outstanding writing. "Mad Men," created by Matt Weiner, won outstanding drama series for the fourth consecutive year.

"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" won for outstanding variety, music or comedy series for the ninth year in a row.

Leonard Nimoy, the Jewish actor best known for his portrayal of Spock on "Star Trek," performed in an opening skit.

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