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|King||Feb 24 2011, 08:42 PM|
8:42 p.m. | Updated The litany of public misbehavior involving the actor Charlie Sheen took a dramatic turn Thursday, when the star of the hit CBS comedy “Two and Half Men” denounced the creator of the show, Chuck Lorre, and in response, production of the show was halted.
In January, Mr. Sheen’s most recent bout of excesses tied to drugs and alcohol resulted in an announcement that he was entering rehabilitation and forced the show to suspend production and cancel four episodes. On Thursday, he called in as a guest on a syndicated radio show hosted by Alex Jones. Later, he granted an interview to the celebrity gossip Web site TMZ.
In both, Mr. Sheen went on rants about Mr. Lorre, the executive producer of “Two and a Half Men,” assailing him as “clown” and a “charlatan” whose “tin can” of a show Mr. Sheen said he had converted into “pure gold.”
In a terse statement, CBS and Warner Brothers, which produces the comedy, said, “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.”
The interviews Thursday became the latest in a long litany of egregious behavior by Mr. Sheen, characterized by numerous incidents involving drugs, alcohol, and women.
The network and the studio, which had tolerated most of those episodes because Mr. Sheen mostly managed to show up in time for work (the show shut down production twice in the past two years to provide Mr. Sheen an opportunity to go into rehab) acted after the interviews Thursday.
Mr. Lorre, one of the most successful producers of television series in network history, has created two other comedies that are hits on the CBS schedule, “The Big Bang Theory” and “Mike and Molly.”
In both interviews, Mr. Sheen said Mr. Lorre’s real name is “Chaim Levine.” He was born Charles Levine; the Hebrew name is Chaim.
In a previous radio appearance on ESPN, Mr. Sheen had indicated he was ready to go back to work, but was being prevented by the decision to shut down production. In the interviews Thursday, he said Mr. Lorre was not doing “his job, which is to write,” and he accused Mr. Lorre of taking money away from him by canceling several episodes of the show. Mr. Sheen makes a reported $1.2 million an episode.
In the TMZ interview, Mr. Sheen said, “I violently hate Chaim Levine. He’s a stupid, stupid little man.”
Beyond the attacks on Mr. Lorre, Mr. Sheen dismissed the notion that he needed help for his chemical dependencies, saying he had cured himself “in a nanosecond.”
Mr. Sheen, who had promised to enter rehab after a trip to the hospital following a night of partying, later said he would only undergo treatment at his home. In the radio interview, he also denigrated the women whom have been in the middle of several of his misadventures.
Mr. Lorre declined to comment.
Mr. Sheen’s behavior has not previously risen to a level where those entities have felt compelled to take steps to either fire him or replace him, largely because he has also managed to show up for work as scheduled.
In January, Nina Tassler, the president of CBS Entertainment, expressed concern about Mr. Sheen’s behavior, but said, “On a professional level he does his job, he does it well and that’s all I really have to say.”
CBS and Warner Bros. Television announced Thursday that they are stopping production of TV's top-rated comedy, "Two and a Half Men," following star Charlie Sheen's rants against show creator Chuck Lorre.
Here's the full announcement:
Statement from CBS Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television
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.
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