Photo: Charlie Sheen and Chuck Lorre (Left)
To hear Charlie Sheen’s name in the news for anything but his actor career is not at all uncommon, but following yesterday’s radio-show rant, Sheen’s career is center stage as some are wondering if he even has one anymore, as his CBS show has now been canceled for the rest of the season.
Last month, the “Two and a Half Men” star was taken to the hospital after a night of hard partying. When asked by studio and network bosses to enter rehab, Sheen instead would only agree to a home-based program run by specialists who said they could get the actor ready for work again, but who stipulated that he must receive treatment for months afterwards.
The show was supposed to return to production on Monday, after Sheen’s program ended, but after weeks of increasingly strange behavior, and tirade-filled interviews, the studio and network execs decided to cancel the show for the rest of the season.
The last straw seemed to be Charlie’s radio interview with “The Alex Jones Show” when he called – while apparently in the Bahamas – Two an Half Men’s executive producer, his boss, Chuck Lorre (born Charles Levine) “Haim Levine” and “a clown” who he accused of taking money from him. He claims he embarrassed Lorre “in front of his children and the world by healing at a pace that his un-evolved mind can not process.”
TMZ posted the radio interview, click here to listen.
“I violently hate Haim Levine,” Sheen later told TMZ.
Mere hours after his rants, the network and studio issued the following joint statement:
“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 cancellation of the show will put about 200 of the show’s staffers out of work, and will leave top-ranked CBS without its Monday night comedy anchor.
Charlie has already claimed that he has a show called “Sheen’s Corner” in the works with HBO, and told Radar Online that he’d be ercieving $5 miillion an episode – compared to his “Two” deal of $2 million an episode.
However, HBO reps have already told PopEater that there is “no truth to this.”
So Sheen’s statement, “I’m close to securing a deal with HBO for a 10 show guarantee. It will be epic, all types of guests, and we will focus on the truth and the absurd!” may be a figment of his own imagination.
Sheen’s response to the canceled season didn’t help him prove his rationality any better either. He fired back at Loree saying, “What does this say about Haim Levine [Chuck Lorrie] 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.”