03/28/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Denise Richards Had To Tell Daughters About Jailed Dad Charlie Sheen

Richards, appearing Tuesday on The Oprah Winfrey Show, said she didn't want Sam, 5, and Lola, 4, happily playing with their new American Girl dolls, to know that Sheen was spending the holiday in an Aspen, Colo., jail.

But eventually, "I did have to tell them about their dad," Richards says, after a kindergarten pal told Sam she'd heard Sheen was in jail and wondered if he was still there.

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