IT could have been awkward -- but Charlie Sheen chose the Emmy stage to show he has no hard feelings about being replaced on his hit show by Ashton Kutcher.
He was on hand last night as presenter of the awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, which he wryly described as "my old category".
But the troubled actor tweeted two photos of himself backstage with Kutcher, who has taken his role in Two And A Half Men, from the ceremony in Los Angeles.
Sheen, who had a rancorous parting from the show this year, took a moment before reading the nominees to wish his former series well.
"From the bottom of my heart," he said, "I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season. We spent eight wonderful years together and I know you will continue to make great television."
Alongside the Twitter photos, he said: "Giving the new kid a little advice..!"
Later, he added: "Seriously ... great talking to you! We'll all be watching! Make us proud!!"
Meanwhile, Modern Family won five Emmy awards,making it the night's biggest winner.
The satirical show won as best comedy series a second straight year, garnering supporting-actor statuettes for Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen, plus best writing and directing.
Mad Men captured the award for best dramatic series for a fourth year running.
Downton Abbey won four awards, including for overall show, writing and directing.
Martin Scorsese won his first Emmy, for directing the pilot of Boardwalk Empire, and Kate Winslet won for best actress in a miniseries for Mildred Pierce. Working on a television series gave the director more freedom than film, Scorsese said to reporters backstage. He said developing long-form movies for television had been an aim since the 1960s.
"I personally feel that this is the opportunity," Scorsese said. "Maybe even more so than in independent cinema."
In Modern Family, Burrell and Bowen play husband and wife Phil and Claire Dunphy. The show also follows a gay couple and a heterosexual couple with decades in age between them. Michael Allen Spiller won for directing and Steve Levitan and Jeffrey Richman for writing on the show.
"We all fear the quality dipping so we work extra hard," Levitan said backstage. "When we feel a scene or a storyline that doesn't quite work, we won't settle."
Melissa McCarthy won best lead comedy actress for playing Molly Flynn in Mike & Molly, and Jim Parsons took lead comedy actor Emmy for his role as Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory.
Julianna Margulies won best lead drama actress for playing Alicia Florrick in The Good Wife, and The Amazing Race took the Emmy for best reality show.
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart ran its streak to nine in the outstanding variety, music or comedy series category.