Thursday, Dec 08, 2016
One of America's Great Newspapers ~ Toledo, Ohio

TV-Radio

Sheen rant causes CBS to cancel season of ‘Two and a Half Men'

Charlie-Sheen-2

Charlie Sheen, here shown in an episode of ‘Two and a Half Men,' blamed producer Chuck Lorre for closing down the show.

CBS Enlarge

Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen regularly tested the patience of the TV network and studio trying to protect their valuable sitcom property.

But a violence-tinged and anti-Semitic radio rant Thursday finally forced CBS and Warner Bros. Television to take action.

In a one-sentence joint statement later that day, the companies said they were ending production on television's No. 1 sitcom for the season, a decision based on the "totality of Charlie Sheen's statements, conduct, and condition."

Whether he's gone far enough to sink the series and, possibly, his career as one of TV's highest-paid actors remained unclear. Sheen's rambling interview Thursday with Los Angeles radio host Alex Jones was reminiscent of Mel Gibson's tirade during a 2006 traffic stop — but Sheen knew his remarks were public.

The production halt leaves CBS eight episodes shy of the 24 half-hours it had expected to air as the cornerstone of its Monday-night comedy lineup. And it makes the network and Warner, which reaps hundreds of millions from the show in syndication, the potential go-betweens between Sheen and Two and a Half Men executive producer Chuck Lorre.

Lorre bore the brunt of Sheen's attacks during the radio interview.

"There's something this side of deplorable that a certain Chaim Levine — yeah, that's Chuck's real name — mistook this rock star for his own selfish exit strategy, bro. Check it, Alex: I embarrassed him in front of his children and the world by healing at a pace that his unevolved mind cannot process," Sheen told Jones.

"Last I checked, Chaim, I spent close to the last decade effortlessly and magically converting your tin cans into pure gold. And the gratitude I get is this charlatan chose not to do his job, which is to write," he said.

In a subsequent "open letter" sent to TMZ after the CBS-Warner decision and posted on the entertainment Web site, Sheen called Lorre a "contaminated little maggot" and wished the producer "nothing but pain."

"Clearly I have defeated this earthworm with my words — imagine what I would have done with my fire breathing fists," the 45-year-old Sheen wrote.

Lorre, who was born Charles Levine, is a veteran producer whose hits include The Big Bang Theory, Dharma & Greg, and Cybill. He had no comment on Sheen's remarks or the production shut down, a spokesman said Thursday.

Click to comment

Quis autem vel eum iure reprehenderit qui in ea voluptate velit esse quam nihil molestiae consequatur, vel illum qui dolorem?

Temporibus autem quibusdam et aut officiis debitis aut rerum necessitatibus saepe eveniet.

Copyright © 2015 Toledo Blade

To Top

Fetching stories…