Alec Baldwin arrives at the premiere of the restored feature...

Alec Baldwin arrives at the premiere of the restored feature film "A Star Is Born." (April 22, 2010) Credit: AP

Take it from someone who's had his own public anger-management issues: Sometimes it's best just to apologize.

That's the advice from two-time Emmy Award-winning "30 Rock" star Alec Baldwin to now-fired "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen, who, in public appearances in the past few weeks, has taunted, insulted and sued the producers and the studio behind his CBS sitcom, TV's most-watched comedy.

"You can't win. Really. You can't," Baldwin wrote over the weekend on the The Huffington Post website. Metaphorically saying TV executives have a book called "How to Handle Actors," Baldwin cites one principle there: "[N]o actor is greater than the show itself when the show is a hit. And, in that regard, they are often right. Add to that the fact that the actor who is torturing their diseased egos is a drug-addled, porn-star-squiring, near-Joycean Internet ranter, and they really want you to go."

While TV actors have indeed been known to win showdowns -- Carroll O'Connor over Norman Lear at a pivotal moment on "All in the Family," Roseanne Barr over "Roseanne" co-creator Matt Williams -- many do not.

"Go on Letterman and make an apology," Baldwin advised. "Write a huge check to the B'nai B'rith. And then beg for your job back. Your fans demand it. . . . Sober up, Charlie. And get back on TV, if it's not too late. . . . Beg for America's forgiveness. They will give it to you. And then go back. You are a great television star."

And though Sheen did apologize to co-star Jon Cryer, after calling him a "turncoat, a traitor, a troll" for purportedly not being supportive, Baldwin had one more piece of advice: "P.S. . . . buy Cryer a really nice car."

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