Charlie Sheen fired from Two And A Half Men
Story by Jack Foley
CHARLIE Sheen has been fired from Two And A Half Men.
The decision was announced in a statement issued by Warner Bros. Television on Monday, which read: “After careful consideration, Warner Bros. Television has terminated Charlie Sheen’s services on Two and a Half Men effective immediately.”
As yet, no future has been made on the future of the show – although Sheen has already threatened to sue over the news.
At first, he reportedly described the decision as “very good news”, telling the TMZ website: “They continue to be in breach, like so many whales. It is a big day of gladness at the Sober Valley Lodge because now I can take all of the bazillions, never have to look at whatshiscock again and I never have to put on those silly shirts for as long as this warlock exists in the terrestrial dimension.”
But things almost immediately turned legal, with the actor’s lawyer Marty Singer informing The Hollywood Reporter that they did intend to sue because, according to the litigator, the studio is in breach of its agreement with Sheen despite the actor’s erratic behavior and comments.
He added: “They have no basis to suspend or terminate Charlie Sheen.”
Warner Bros has yet to hit back on the issue officially, but The Hollywood Reporter has also gained insight into an 11-page letter that was sent to Singer ahead of the release of the statement, in which the studio claims: “Your client has been engaged in dangerously self-destructive conduct and appears to be very ill.”
It reportedly cites Sheen’s recent antics, as well as his remarks about Two And A Half Men co-creator Chuck Lorre, as further reasons behind their decision, before declaring that it has the right to fire a performer who commits “a felony offense involving moral turpitude”.
Sheen, meanwhile, has since gone on the offensive and in an interview with Access Hollywood claimed that news of his firing came via a text message “or something”.
Speaking to AH’s Billy Bush, he angrily retorted: “Here’s another thing – these guys are such yellow cockroaches that they didn’t even have the decency to call me. I put 5 bill in their cheap suit pockets and another half a bil’ in what’s-his-cheese’s pockets and this is the f***ing respect I get?It’s just deplorable and they should be ashamed of themselves!”
Sheen then rounded off a long day of drama by apparently being filmed by TMZ celebrating news of his dismissal by climbing to the top of Live Nation’s Beverly Hills office, wielding a machete and then drinking out of a bottle.
He then declared himself to be “free at last” after being asked for his opinion on the subject.
Fans can keep up with the latest direct from Sheen if they follow his recently launched Twitter account, which now has more than 2 million followers and earned the actor a place in the Guinness Book of Records.
All eyes now turn to Warner Bros to see what they decide about the future of Two And A Half Men, which remains the most watched comedy on television, averaging 14.7 million viewers in its eighth season.
Related Charlie Sheen story: Sean Penn issues statement in praise of Charlie Sheen
Next story: True Blood: Gary Cole to join fourth season