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"Two and a Half Men" shut down while Sheen in rehab

CBS and Warner Bros., which produces the network's hit comedy "Two and a Half Men" announced late Tuesday the show would temporarily shut down production so that star Charlie Sheen can go into rehab.

"CBS, Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre support Charlie Sheen in his decision today to begin voluntary in-patient care at a treatment center. We wish him nothing but the best as he deals with this personal matter," CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler, Warner Bros. TV president Peter Roth, and show creator/exec producer Chuck Lorre said in the statement.

The announcement comes about two months after police arrested Sheen in Aspen, Colo. after a fight broke out between him and his wife. Prosecutors later charged Sheen with felony menacing and misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault and criminal mischief.

The most serious charge carries a maximum three-year prison term, according to the AP.

The statement sent out late Tuesday by the execs, including Lorre, is in marked contrast to Lorre's "What Problem?" handling of questions about Sheen's arrest -- questions ask during the WInter TV Press Tour 2010 by TV critics.

Here's what Lorre had to say about "this personal matter" of Sheen's back then:

QUESTION: I know you guys taped "Two and a Half Men" last night, I believe.

CHUCK LORRE: Yeah. We're really tired too.

QUESTION: Well, how difficult is it to do a light comedy with Charlie in light of his recent arrest? Do you kind of ignore it, or is it something you deal with head on?

CHUCK LORRE: I'm sorry, what happened with Charlie?


I'm not -- what happened?

["Two and a Half Men" exec producer] LEE ARONSOHN: I don't know. Something happened?

CHUCK LORRE: No, we're just -- we put on a show last night, and it went extremely well. We had a great week. And the audience was wonderful last night. So we're just going about our business.

QUESTION: Is there any -- how is he doing? And is it difficult for him to slip into that character in light of what's going on in his personal life?

CHUCK LORRE: Charlie is a consummate pro. He shows up and he delivers. And last night was one of our strongest episodes. It was just terrific. --

Sheen's publicist Stan Rosenfield, issued a statement Tuesday saying the 44-year-old actor was entering rehab as "a preventative measure." He did not elaborate. Feel free to speculate -- everybody else is.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  February 23, 2010; 7:00 PM ET
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That is the funniest show on television. But Charlie Sheen is not exactly a barrel of laughs in real life.

Posted by: screwjob2 | February 23, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm very surprised they didn't shut this down earlier. It's not just this allegation. Charlie's had a long history of domestic violence. ABC fired two or three "Lost" actors after a DUI but CBS is letting this guy stay after a string of assaults.

Posted by: sarahabc | February 24, 2010 5:47 AM | Report abuse

These shows are funny because of all the people who collaborate to make them funny such as the: actors, directors, set workers, and WRITERS.

They should continue the show but use understudies, it would be funny, boost their ratings and give a shot to rising stars.

Good luck to Sheen in rehab, maybe he should take a job working retail for about 2 months, it would give him a perspective that he is lacking, or at the least a true reason to drink.

Posted by: BallyJamesDuff | February 24, 2010 5:53 AM | Report abuse

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