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Denise Richards Still Sticking by Charlie Sheen: "This Has Been Something I Have Dealt With for Years"

The sheen is most definitely off.

If you think it's exhausting and frustratingly eye-rolling just hearing about the trainwreck that is Charlie Sheen…well, try having kids with him.

Not that his current former state (haven't you heard? He's completely recovered!) is anything new for Denise Richards to deal with. Which is exactly what she told the ladies of The View when she sat down as guest host this week as part of what's got to be one of the worst-timed promotional tours ever.

When asked by mother hen Barbara Walters whether Charlie's headline-making romps with porn stars, drugs, booze and rehab surprised her at all, she was remarkably candid.

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"No, I mean it doesn't," Richards said. "I mean, you know this is Charlie's lifestyle. He makes no bones about it. And it is what it is."

Richards married Sheen back in 2002 and by the time they'd divorced in 2006, they had two daughters together, Sam and Lola. Which is probably why she refused to be baited by Joy Behar (good try though, Joy).

"What's wrong with him though?" the cohost asked. "What's wrong with him? Maybe you know what's wrong with him?"

"You know what?" Richards replied. "It's honestly not my place to judge this situation. It really isn't…I think that you should have him on the show and get into details of what's going on. My concern is our kids."

Well, there's little chance of that happening, seeing as how Charlie told his go-to confessor Dan Patrick this week that while all the networks were wooing him to do "the big Charlie Sheen interview," he had absolutely no interest in such a sitdown.

Baba, meanwhile, is unable to let any conversation go unexhausted and pressed on, asking Denise to give her "just one line" of how she might explain Charlie's behavior to their kids.

"What can you say?" Denise asked. "It's a very difficult situation in dealing with the subject. This has been something I have dealt with for years. This is not a new situation. There are times where his life is more colorful than others, more public than others, and as the kids get older it's a difficult thing. I'm learning as I go, too.

"I have never had to deal with this and this was a subject I had hoped to talk with my children about as they got older. But it's hard."

Particularly when Sheen's recent string of behavior, and professional fallout, requires a bit of child-friendly exposition. Richards explained that she has turned to books that help explain addiction to children.

"There are images and pictures that a child can understand. I don't know what they fully comprehend from these conversations. They don't know what some of these things are. So I do the best I can and it's not easy."

No, we can't imagine that it would be.

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