Charlie Sheen has been fired from his top-rated comedy Two
and A Half Men because of his “dangerously self-destructive conduct,”
difficulty at work and inflammatory comments to producers.
“It is a big day of gladness at the Sober Valley Lodge because now I
can take all of the bazillions, never have to look at whatshiscock
again and I never have to put on those silly shirts for as long as this
warlock exists in the terrestrial dimension,” Sheen said in a
His lawyers said they planned to sue Warner Bros Television.
Sheen, 45, is the
highest-paid actor on US television and Two and A Half Men is the most
popular comedy for network CBS which broadcasts the series.
Watch Charlie Sheen’s new web-based show Charlie’s Korner
But the remainder of
the current season was cancelled 10 days ago after Sheen called
producer and co-creator Chuck Lorre a “clown” and a “stupid, stupid
The actor followed up
with a week of rambling, sometimes manic, TV and radio interviews
boasting that he is “winning” and has “tiger blood”, while insisting he
is drug-free and sober after a period of rehabilitation in January.
Sheen, who had a contract through May 2012, shrugged off Monday’s firing with a mixture of nonchalance and jibes.
In a text message to The Associated Press, Sheen
responded with the F-word and “They lose,” followed by the word
“Trolls”. Asked if he planned to sue, Sheen texted back, “Big”. As for
his next move, Sheen texted, “A big one”.
TMZ reported sources telling the website Sheen has has what they call a “Michael J Fox” clause in his contract. When Fox was doing Spin City,
his contract provided that he would keep getting paid as long as the
show was in production, even if he left the show.
Ironically, when Sheen took over for Fox, Fox kept drawing his salary.
said when Sheen signed on for Two and a Half Men the original
contract provided an identical clause, so Charlie’s people believe
Warner Bros. is on the hook if they keep producing the show.
Warner Bros. claims they fired Charlie for cause, nullifying the contract.
A spokesman for Warner
Bros Television said no decision had been made about the future of Two
and A Half Men, which also stars Kiwi actress Melanie Lynsky.
In an 11-page letter, attorneys for Warner Bros said Sheen was being
fired because in recent months he had been forgetting lines, turning up
late or missing rehearsals and made “comments poisoning key working
TV executives believed
Sheen’s drug and alcohol abuse was also “endangering his life”. Despite
repeated attempts, including a personal appeal in January by CBS chief
executive Les Moonves, Sheen refused to enter a rehab facility for
treatment, the letter said.
“Let us state the
obvious,” began the letter, obtained by TMZ.com. “Your client (Sheen)
has been engaged in dangerously self-destructive conduct and appears to
be very ill.”
publicist quit a week ago and Sheen’s fellow cast and crew have been
largely silent in the face of his bizarre tirades.
But the actor has
found a huge popular following. He has attracted a record two
million-plus Twitter followers in less than a week, and he hosted a
live webcast on Saturday that attracted more than 100,000 viewers.
The actor was involved
in a series of drug and alcohol-related incidents in 2010, and pleaded
guilty in August to an assault on his now ex-wife.