10/18/2011 02:43 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Charlie Sheen And Denise Richards Not Back Together

It’s true that Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen were spotted leaving a restaurant together last Thursday night in New York City -- however, the two exes are just friends and nothing more.

“The dinner was nothing romantic at all,” a friend of Charlie tells me. “He was in town one night doing a pitch meeting for his new show so a few of us went to dinner. It’s crazy how people jump to conclusions.”

The pair will always be connected by their daughters, Sam, 7, and Lola, 6. But what you didn’t see in the cozy images of Charlie and Denise leaving NYC's Da Tommaso restaurant were the other people who dined with them; It was a gathering among friends, not a romantic dinner for two.

“When he’s in a good place, they hang out,” an insider tells me. “When he’s not, they don’t. It’s as simple as that.”

Denise leaves New York on Tuesday after a busy few days of taping a top secret part in NBC’s "30 Rock." No details as to whether she will be portraying a character or playing herself have emerged, but insiders say she's excited to be acting again -- and happy to have a stable Charlie back in her life.