Charlie Sheen double-dog dared them, and they didn't flinch. CBS and Warner Bros. TV, the network and production house behind the megahit comedy Two and a Half Men, have formally shut down the show for the remainder of the season.
Why would they do that, you ask? Maybe because of these statements (listen to the full 19-minute MP3 audio below) made by the troubled Sheen against his boss Chuck Lorre on "The Alex Jones Radio Show" earlier today:
"OK, last I checked, Chaim, I spent I think close to the last decade effortlessly and magically converting your tin cans into pure gold, and the gratitude I get is this charlatan chose not to do his job, which is to write."
Here's the full radio rant (if it won't load, you can also listen here):
Chaim is the given name of series creator Chuck Lorre, whom Charlie verbally smacked around on the program earlier today. Sheen called Lorre a "turd" and claimed that "I'll go make movies with superstars and not work with idiots." Somewhere, Jon Cryer is living up to his name.
CBS and WBTV issued the following joint statement via e-mail this afternoon: "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."
Sheen has been at home getting treatment for substance abuse after a string of well-documented cocaine-and-porn-star incidents that would make even the most hedonistic envious. He's continually stated that he's okay to work, but CBS and WBTV, as well as others, wanted to give him more time. This morning he blasted Alcoholics Anonymous and said, "I have a disease? Bulls***! I cured it with my brain, with my mind. I'm cured. I’m done."
Two and a Half Men was supposed to film four more episodes this season, cutting the season total by only four episodes. Now it'll be eight down, for a season total of 16.
Note to self: do not mess with Chuck Lorre.
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