Sheen tells Ellen DeGeneres Sambora is "decent and smart and a good parent"

In an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show airing Monday, Charlie Sheen talks about working things out with his estranged wife, Denise Richards, for the sake of their kids – and says he’s happy he knows her new boyfriend, Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora.

Asked by DeGeneres how things are going with Richards, 35, Sheen, 40, says, “We’re trying to put all that nonsense aside and just do what’s right for the children and just be good responsible parents.” The pair have two daughters: Sam, 2, and Lola, 1.

“It’s hard enough to have a relationship that doesn’t work out, and who knows what everyone’s life is privately, but it’s even harder when it’s in the public eye and you see them with somebody else in magazines,” Degeneres says.

Sheen replies, “Well, at least I knew the guy that she wound up with, Richie. To know that it’s somebody decent and smart and a good parent to be around your children, that’s a good thing.”

Richards and Sheen formerly lived in the same Southern California neighborhood as Sambora and his then-wife, Heather Locklear.

Richards and Locklear, who filed for divorce from Sambora in February, were previously pals, but Richards has said their friendship had already ended before she and Sambora began dating in February.

Sambora and Locklear have a daughter, Ava, 8.