CBS and Warner Brothers are pulling the plug on the hit series Two and a Half Men for the remainder of the season, and the cast and crew can thank lead actor Charlie Sheen for the decision.
Sheen called in to a radio station Thursday and in a bizarre rant, he blasted the show’s co-creator, Alcoholics Anonymous, and even Thomas Jefferson.
Of Chuck Lorre, who co-created the show and recently joked that he’d be “pissed” if Sheen outlives him considering the two men’s lifestyles, Sheen said:
“I went straight home and dispelled that, that was actually one of the few compliments that clown has paid me in frickin’ almost a decade… I embarrassed him in front of his children and the world by healing at a pace that this un-evolved mind cannot process. I’ve spent, I think, close to the last decade, I don’t know, effortlessly and magically converting your tin can into pure gold. And the gratitude I get is this charlatan chose not to do his job, which is to write.”
He blasted Alcoholics Anonymous, referring to the organization as a “cult,” adding, “This bootleg cult arrogantly referred to as AA now supports a 5 percent success rate. My success rate is 100 percent. Do the math!”
Maybe that’s the new math, but I don’t see how Sheen thinks he’s winning anything here.
The most bizarre turn came when he referred to Thomas Jefferson with a vulgar term for a female sex organ.
CBS issued a brief statement late Thursday:
“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.”
You have to respect CBS for pulling the plug on what is clearly one of the most successful shows in its lineup. Even with Sheen’s antics, he made a good point: he brought huge success to the network.
It would be easy to imagine CBS and Warner Brothers just continuing to let things slide just so they could cash in on the success. It’s harder to imagine, in this day and age, with the pressures for profit, that they’d close the door on that.
Good for them. I just hope the cast and crew can afford this new, more severe fallout from their star’s loss of touch with reality.