Cryer was recognised for his Two and a Half Men role at Sunday night's (September 23) Primetime Emmys by taking home the 'Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series' award for the first time.
This marks the first Emmy win for Cryer in the lead actors' category. He has previously been nominated in the corresponding supporting actors' category seven times, winning in 2009.
Speaking to journalists in the press room after the ceremony, Cryer said: "I'm as shocked as you people, that's all I'm going to say. That's why my speech sucked!"
Cryer also revealed that he thought his fellow CBS star Jim Parsons would win in the category for his role on The Big Bang Theory.
The actor also said that he holds no regrets about not submitting his name in the leading category, since Two and a Half Men "rested" on its former star Charlie Sheen, who was replaced by Ashton Kutcher during 2011.
"When Charlie [Sheen] and I were doing the show together, the show really rested on Charlie," Cryer said. "He was the one practically in every scene. The show was structured around his character."
"With Charlie [the chemistry] was automatic; with Ashton, we're always working on it and coming up with new stuff," he added. "It's a different way of working, we rehearse a little more. Show nights go incredibly fast right now, and it's a blast."
The Primetime Emmys aired on ABC in the US. UK viewers can watch highlights of the ceremony on Monday, September 24 at 10pm on 5USA.
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