02/18/2011 06:07 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Denise Richards On 'The View': Charlie Sheen 'Lifestyle' Hard To Explain To Kids

Denise Richards was an expert diplomat during her appearance on Thursday's episode of The View.

Bombarded with questions about Charlie Sheen, her ex-husband (the two were married in 2002 and divorced in 2006) and the father of her two daughters, Sam, 6, and Lola, 5, Richards deflected, revealing few details about how she handles Sheen's very public episodes.

"Does any of this surprise you?" Barbara Walters asks of Sheen's behavior--past and present.

"No it doesn't," replies Richards. "This is Charlie's lifestyle. He makes no bones about it. And it is what it is."

"What's wrong with him though? ... He's an addict, right?" Joy Behar interjects, to which Richards answers, "It's honestly not my place to judge this situation...I think you should have him on the show and get into detail [about] what's going on. My concern is our kids."

When Walters asks what Richards tells the kids about Sheen, she alludes to a book, the title of which she can't remember, that she uses that "explains addiction to children," but still reveals little: "What can you say? It's a very difficult situation. This is something I've dealt with for years. This is not a new situation...there are times when [Charlie's] life is more colorful than others... as the kids get older, it's a difficult thing."