Two And A Half Men future uncertain following new Sheen comments
Story by Jack Foley
THE future of popular US sitcom Two And A Half Men continues to be uncertain following new comments from Charlie Sheen about its survival prospects.
The actor issued a statement in response to US press speculation that he was demanding a higher salary to continue his role as fun-loving bachelor Charlie Harper.
In it, he declared that if the current series of the show turned out to be its last, then “so be it”.
He went on to dismiss claims in certain US media outlets that he was seeking as much as $1 million (£650,000) per episode as “false”.
The statement, issued to People magazine, said: “All of the numbers reported in the press are false. Claims from ‘inside sources’ regarding offers from the studio as well as my salary, on their best day, are without merit.”
He continued: “Approaching the start of the current season and as far back as June 2009, I submitted my terms for season eight to Warner Bros. and CBS respectfully. In no way, has this been a hasty or negligent 11th hour surprise.”
Issued as shooting rapped on the eighth season of the show, Sheen’s statement did, however, include a snippet about his feelings towards the possibility of ending the show.
It added: “If tonight’s show is the end for me as Charlie Harper, so be it. Another journey has begun. I take from the experience 161 shows filled with a kaleidoscope of amazing experiences, memories, friendships and gratitude. I remain humbly inspired – C Sheen.”
Two And A Half Men continues to be the top-rated sitcom in the US, with Sheen’s salary reported to be around $825,000 (£536,665) per episode.
Warner Bros and CBS, who make the series, have yet to make a comment.