Chuck Lorre initially skirted a question as to whether Charlie Sheen would return to Two And a Half Men for the show’s one-hour series finale on February 19. Sheen has not been seen on the show since he very publicly savaged Lorre and studio Warner Bros., four years ago.

“I think we’re going to have a finale that you’re going to be very pleased with. That’s all I’m going to say about it,’ Lorre said when asked today at Winter TV Press Tour 2015 about a possible guest appearance by Sheen as the show wrapped up its 12-season run.  Ashton Kutcher famously took over for Charlie Sheen on Two And A Half Men  and Sheen has frequently blasted Kutcher’s performances on Twitter, causing Kutcher to say, in an interview nearly a year ago on  Jimmy Kimmel Live, that it’s  time for Sheen to give it up.

Lorre must have reconsidered this response during today’s Q&A,  because he later interrupted the flow of questions and answers in order to say, of the hit CBS comedy series, “It would be inappropriate to not acknowledge the extraordinary success we had with Charlie, and how grateful I am — we all are – for his contributions. There is nothing but great feelings for the eight-and-a-half years we worked together. But how to wrap the show up? It’s tricky…Because, in a way, the show morphed into something else entirely for the last four years, and its something we love. And we want to honor both. How to honor both is the challenge of this finale.

“The other challenge is how to get people to watch something without telling them what it is,” Lorre smiled.