Denise Richards was reportedly offered $100,000 to appear in 'Two and a Half Men'.
The makers of the sitcom approached Denise, the ex-wife of Charlie Sheen - who was fired during filming of the last series - to appear on screen at the funeral for his character, which aired on Monday night (19.09.11).
A source told LifeandStylemag.com: "They wanted to bring back a real ex."
A friend of Denise's said it was hard for her to say no, but she didn't want to upset her former husband – who reportedly settled a $100 million payout with the show's makers over his being sacked earlier this week.
The friend said: "She really wants to get back into TV. But Charlie would've gone crazy, and Denise knows where her bread is buttered."
In the show viewers saw Charlie's on screen brother Alan Harper - played by Jon Cryer – drop his character's ashes all over the floor.
It was also revealed the actor's alter ego had died when being hit by a Paris subway train, shortly after admitting to his new wife, Rose, he cheated on her.
Rose told the congregation at his funeral: "I just want you to know that Charlie didn't suffer. His body just exploded like a balloon full of meat."
A new lead character was also introduced to the show, played by Ashton Kutcher.