According to The Hollywood Reporter, the CBS chief executive told an audience at the Morgan Stanley Technology conference that he did not know the long-term future of the series, but that the unexpected suspension of the series could work in the network's favour.
Moonves explained: "Short-term, financially, it is actually a gainer for us. Repeats obviously get somewhat less revenue than the originals. [But] it is a show that repeats very well. Doing eight [fewer] originals saves us quite a bit of money."
However, he added: "I'm not saying long-term I want this to go on... I hope it's back. We'll see."
When asked about Charlie Sheen's prolific TV and radio appearances since the show was put on indefinite hiatus in the wake of the actor's comments about creator Chuck Lorre, Moonves said: "I wish he would have worked this hard to promote himself for an Emmy."