Charlie Sheen's rants cancel show
Story by Tim Carson
Charlie Sheen’s verbal attacks on his boss Chuck Lorre have shut down production on the remaining episodes of his hit US TV show Two And A Half Men.
The show had been taking a break since Sheen checked himself into rehab in January after he’d reportedly been partying hard. However, after interviews this week where he attacked Lorre the rest of the season was cancelled.
The show’s producer, Warner Bros Television, and CBS, the network that broadcasts it, issued a joint statement saying: “Based on the totality of Charlie Sheen’s statements, conduct and condition, CBS and Warner Bros. Television have decided to discontinue production of Two And A Half Men for the remainder of the season.”
A newly clean Sheen had called his friend Alex Jones’s radio show to seemingly set the record straight. Listening to the interview it’s clear he’s pretty mad at everybody he feels has been unfairly attacking him over the years and that he’s no longer going to keep quiet about it or put up with it.
He definitely gets a few things of his chest and while some it is a little strange some of it doesn’t sound as crazy as it looks written down. The interview obviously stoked things up between Sheen and Lorre. He called the show’s creator a “clown” and a “stupid, stupid little man” and in response to the cancellation of production wrote an open letter that was published on TMZ.
In it he says: “What does this say about Haim Levine [Chuck Lorre] after he tried to use his words to judge and attempt to degrade me. I gracefully ignored this folly for 177 shows … I fire back once and this contaminated little maggot can’t handle my power and can’t handle the truth. I wish him nothing but pain in his silly travels especially if they wind up in my octagon.
“Clearly I have defeated this earthworm with my words — imagine what I would have done with my fire breathing fists. I urge all my beautiful and loyal fans who embraced this show for almost a decade to walk with me side-by-side as we march up the steps of justice to right this unconscionable wrong. Remember these are my people … not yours…we will continue on together…”
Lorre had previously commented on Sheen’s personal life in one of his two-second “vanity cards” that appear at the end of each of his sitcoms. One card at the end of Two And A Half Men, you would assume jokingly, said: “I exercise regularly. I eat moderate amounts of healthy food. I make sure to get plenty of rest. I see my doctor once a year and my dentist twice a year. I floss every night. I’ve had chest x-rays, cardio stress tests, EKG’s and colonoscopies. I see a psychologist and have a variety of hobbies to reduce stress. I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t do drugs. I don’t have crazy, reckless sex with strangers. If Charlie Sheen outlives me, I’m gonna be really pissed.”
We definitely haven’t heard the last of this or what it means for Sheen’s show and the rest of his career.
Listen to the show on TMZ here
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