So long, Charlie.
Warner Bros. Television announced today that it has dropped the actor from its hit comedy Two and a Half Men. “After careful consideration, Warner Bros. Television has terminated Charlie Sheen’s services from ‘Two and a Half Men’ effective immediately,” the studio said in a statement.
No decision has been made on the future of the series. CBS still has a deal in place with the studio for a ninth season of Men, which remains the most-watched comedy on television.
Sheen gave the following quote to TMZ: “This is very good news. 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 their bazillions, never have to look at whatshisc— again and I never have to put on those silly shirts for as long as this warlock exists in the terrestrial dimension.”
Sheen’s departure caps a volatile week in which he went on the defensive after Warner Bros. TV and CBS announced they were canceling production for the remainder of the season due to “the totality of Sheen’s statements, conduct and condition.” The 45-year-old actor participated in a series of TV appearances on Today, Good Morning America and Piers Morgan Tonight and continued to make shocking statements like “the last time I took drugs, I probably took more than anyone could survive” and “I was banging seven-gram rocks and finishing them. That’s how I roll.”
He also continued his verbal assault against Men executive producer Chuck Lorre (whom he previously called a “clown”) by calling him a “stupid, stupid little man” and said he would only return to Men if he got a raise from $1.2 million to $3 million. “Look at what they put me through,” he told Today. “I’m tired of pretending like I’m not special.” He also threatened to sue the network.
It’s unclear whether Warner Bros. TV and CBS would want to go on without Sheen, especially since Lorre penned the role of Men’s Charlie Harper with Sheen in mind. Insiders have half-joked that moving forward with a One and A Half Men just isn’t possible, but say it’s ultimately up to Lorre, who is also executive producing The Big Bang Theory and Mike & Molly for CBS. Since the network announces its fall lineup to advertisers in May, a decision about Men’s future should be made by then.
Since he’s been fired, Sheen should be free to pursue new opportunities like a show on HDnet. The actor also talked about writing a book. In the short term, he’s kept himself busy by starting a Twitter account; he already has 2.1 million followers.