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Posted at 5:30 PM ET, 03/ 7/2011

Charlie Sheen fired from "Two and a Half Men" [Updated]

By Lisa de Moraes

Charlie Sheen (center) has been officially fired from "Two and a Half Men." (Greg Gayne/Warner Bros.)

[Updated with passages from the letter of termination sent by Warner Bros. Television]

Charlie Sheen has been fired from CBS's "Two and a Half Men."

No decision has been made about the future of the show, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation who did not wish to be identified because they were not authorized to speak about details of the situation for the record.

Warner Bros. TV, which produces the show for CBS, did the firing, in a letter sent to Sheen's attorney on Monday.

"Your client has been engaged in dangerously self destructive conduct and appears to be very ill, " Warner Bros TV said in the letter addressed to Sheen's lawyer, Martin Singer.

"For months before the suspension of production, Mr. Sheen's erratic behavior escalated while his condition deteriorated. His declining condition undermined the production in numerous and significant ways. Now, the entire world knows Mr. Sheen's condition from his alarming outbursts over just the last few weeks."

The studio also sent out a statement to the press: "After careful consideration, Warner Bros. Television has terminated Charlie Sheen's services on "Two and a Half Men" effective immediately."

CBS, contacted Monday afternoon, declined to comment. Not coincidentally, CBS announced Monday it had renewed another of its Monday comedies, "How I Met Your Mother" for two more seasons. That deal, with production studio Twentieth Century Fox TV, had been in the works for some time, but the Sheen situation gave it a sense of urgency, one source commented.

Sheen, who had been the highest paid star working in TV, reportedly making nearly $2 million per episode on the show, had said in recent interviews he intended to honor his contract and return to work next season -- the show's ninth season -- but if CBS and Warner Bros.wanted him back after that, he would demand $3 million per episode, owing to the distress the studio and network had put him through.

In various recent interviews, Sheen had vowed to take legal action against Warner Bros. and CBS for shutting down "Men" for the rest of this season.

Monday, Sheen, responded to Warner Bros.'s move via the tabloid Web site cum syndicated TV show 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 the bazillions, never have to look at [expletive] again and I never have to put on those silly shirts for as long as this warlock exists in the terrestrial dimension.

Warner Bros. said in its letter it was firing Sheen because there is "ample evidence" Sheen had committed "felony offenses involving moral turpitude (including but not limited to furnishing of cocaine to others as part of the self-destructive lifestyle he has described publicly)" which gives the studio "the right to treat such as as a default" on his contract.

On Feb. 24, CBS and Warner Bros. TV had taken the extraordinary step of scrapping production on the country's most popular comedy series for the rest of the season -- the same day star Sheen went on his most breathtaking radio tear yet.

"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," the two companies said in a statement at that time.

Their announcement came hours after recordings of a Sheen interview with syndicated radio personality Alex Jones began whizzing around the Web, in which Sheen repeatedly attacked the show's creator and others.

In its letter terminating Sheen's contract, Warner Bros. TV said it halted the show for the remainder of the season in February, and suspended Sheen's employment on the show because it was "the only responsible action open to it - morally and legally - in these painful circumstances. Warner Bros. would not, and should not attempt to continue 'business as usual' while Mr. Sheen destroys himself as the world watches."

The decision to terminate its contract with Sheen was made, Warner Bros. TV said, when the situation "took a dramatic turn for the worse in January and February of this year when Mr. Sheen's statements, conduct and condition prevented him from performing his essential duties and so undermined the ability of Warner Bros. and ['Men' exec producer Chuck Lorre] to produce the show."

The 11-page letter detailed those various benders of Sheen's over the past several months that did so much to improve traffic to various tabloid Web sites.

The show actually has been shut down since January when Warner Bros. and CBS temporarily - or so they thought at the time - shelved production while Sheen entered a rehab facility.

According to the letter, Warner Bros. was surprised when that facility turned out to be the Charlie Sheen Rehabilitation Facility, in Charlie Sheen's House, Calif. Or, as Sheen calls it "Sober Valley Lodge."

According to the letter, in order to convince Sheen to get professional help for his condition. Bruce Rosenblum, the President of Warner Bros. Television Group, and Leslie Moonves, the President and CEO of CBS, had personally visited Sheen in his home on January 28, just after he left the hospital from his latest bender.

"They told him that they were profoundly concerned for his health, safety and well-being; that he could not continue on his present path; and that they were shutting down production temporarily so that he could enter a rehabilitation facility."

In the letter, Warner Bros claimed Sheen agreed that he would enter a
rehabilitation facility the next day and Warner Bros. had an airplane waiting to take him to a facility, while placing the show on hiatus.

"Notwithstanding his agreement to enter a rehabilitation facility, Mr. Sheen refused to leave his home for treatment. He instead insisted that he would seek treatment there, in what he later described as his own 'Sober Valley Lodge.'

"It is clear that he has no intention of agreeing to the intensive evaluation and treatment that his condition requires. It is also clear he does not believe he has a problem and that he will continue to conduct himself in a destructive manner. Accordingly, Warner Bros. has chosen to terminate the Agreement in accordance with its terms, effective today," Warner Bros. said.

This season of "Men" wrapped with eight episodes in its CBS contract unfulfilled.

CBS's contract with Warner Bros. for the show, which is the country's most popular comedy series, extends through next season. But was unclear at press time if the series will return next season, or be shuttered permanently.

CBS has been punting in "Men's" Monday timeslot for several weeks. Fortunately for CBS, "Two and a Half Men" episodes repeat very well in the show's Monday time slot.

Last Tuesday, CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves told attendees at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in San Francisco that the decision to halt production on "Two and a Half Men" - the country's most popular comedy series - is "short-term financially . . . actually a gainer" for the network.

That's because the reruns have been performing well in the ratings and eight fewer episodes this season means eight episodes for which CBS does not have to pay Warner Bros. Television.

By Lisa de Moraes  | March 7, 2011; 5:30 PM ET
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Sheen has talent.

He will be on some other show soon.

CBS will lose on this one.

Posted by: docwhocuts | March 7, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Sheen sounds like a putrid individual.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | March 7, 2011 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Charlie, a word of advice.

You're not an alkie or a druggie.

You can handle anything.

Go get yourself a bottle of booze and an 8 ball and have the time of your life.

Then tomorrow, do it again and again and soon enough, no more Martin Sheen, third rate actor.

You will not be missed.

Posted by: rcubedkc | March 7, 2011 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I always thought the kid was the half in "2 and a half Men", but it was Charlie all along...

Not a fan.

Posted by: beegrace123 | March 7, 2011 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Glad WB/CBS finally got past their Charlie Sheen denial.

Posted by: amelia7 | March 7, 2011 5:35 PM | Report abuse

charlie went a little crazy...
don't we all every once in a while...
I hope he can afford it...
I say he should do movies...

Posted by: DwightCollins | March 7, 2011 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Every day the stupid ," Look for a Payday no matter what," Press and TV Pundits follow a useless imbecile like Sheen, they show the World how little they know about journalism and what's important to America's well being. And every day it reminds me of the child Molesting Pervert's story and how long that ran despite everyone crying ; " Stop, please Stop ." Everyone knows that " Goodness ,and Lovable Stories don't sell but hanging on to every word this misfit utters is to sink to a new low. Enough Already .

Posted by: puck-101 | March 7, 2011 5:40 PM | Report abuse

So "docwhocuts" is really Charlie Sheen. Yes indeed, that really explains a lot.

Posted by: frantaylor | March 7, 2011 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I kind of admired Sheen for standing up to AA and the therapists. He's right that these are artificial constructs at best, harmful shams at worst. The world can be a cruel place for an honest man.

Posted by: Alon1 | March 7, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Glad he's gone from the show. NOW, QUIT GIVING HIM ATTENTION!!!!!

Posted by: momof20yo | March 7, 2011 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Sheen will be dead soon. No problems.

Posted by: MRGB | March 7, 2011 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I seriously think they should hire Ellen Degeneres to finish out the season's episodes--she'd be like Sheen's lesbian aunt or something, coming into town for a visit while they write Sheen out somehow...I'm not trying to be offensive, I just think it would be a humorous spin on the show title while giving the writers a wonderful twist to work on.

Posted by: dhenken1 | March 7, 2011 6:09 PM | Report abuse

It surprised everyone when his father had a heart attack doing "Apocalypse Now." If there's genetic susceptibility here, Charlie ought to cut out the funny business before he high-pressures himself into the morgue. Say, where's Emilio? (Haven't heard of him since he ditched Abdul.)

Posted by: phvr38 | March 7, 2011 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Hey Charlie, say it with me: LOSING!

Chuck Lorre, CBS, and Warner Bros. should agree to broadcast a TWO AND A HALF MEN series finale episode this season featuring Charlie Harper's squalid death highlighted by a CHARADE funeral homage, sending Charlie to an everlasting purgatory of an all talking-all singing-all dancing-all the time recreational Elizabeth Clare Prophet televangelism marathon.

Posted by: SeaShark | March 7, 2011 6:13 PM | Report abuse

I've never seen the show, haven't seen anything Charlie Sheen's done since Wall Street. From previous news items, I thought he'd gone off the deep end. But a close reading of his statements shows that he's crazy like a fox. If he's been showing up at work and kept the show going, all Warner's done is show that, like most of the lo-watt bulbs in wapocommentland, they are completely literal-minded with no senses of humor, and dumb to boot for not having put a morals clause in the contract. And for that, they'll wind up paying Sheen and a bunch of lawyers.

Posted by: onexge | March 7, 2011 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Shouldn't this news be in the tabloids? I can't belive the press is spending more time on this than the killings in Libya and other critical issues. It a sad day for "journalism", the Post, and also the populace who feeds on this stuff.

Wahington Post -- get on with the important issues. Leave Sheen to the trash mags.

Posted by: janetwall | March 7, 2011 6:18 PM | Report abuse

The show's been running for 10 years at least

10 years
15 episodes a year
$1M per episode

do the math

That's not counting his previous work or royalties on it or the ongoing repeats

I doubt that he's complaining

There's only so much money a true warlock needs to really be happy :)

Posted by: tokenwhitemale | March 7, 2011 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Since neither the remaining man nor the half has any acting talent, that's curtains for the show. Sheen will, btw, I'm sure do just fine on cable and never miss a paycheck. CBS is unwise to blow up a show which was syndication fodder.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | March 7, 2011 6:18 PM | Report abuse

I say it again

$1M per episode
15 episodes a season
10 seasons

I could handle it

It wouldn't be a problem

and that's without my l33t warlock skilz

chillax mofo's

Posted by: tokenwhitemale | March 7, 2011 6:20 PM | Report abuse

On the one hand, it's pretty sad to see a fairly talented guy getting taken down by his issues so publicly. Even the domestic violence history, which he should have gotten much more crap for, now looks like it was related to some mental issues he should have gotten treatment for a long long time ago.

On the other hand, Two & a Half Men is such a terrible show that I can't help but count this as a win for Charlie...

Posted by: dkp01 | March 7, 2011 6:20 PM | Report abuse

This is a horrible article, a disgrace to journalism. It is mainly a hastily cribbed mashup of previously written articles -- including one written at the start of the controversy. Only the first four paragraphs are new, and they're basically taken from the WB press release. And think, Ms. de Moraes is considered one of WaPo's BEST reporters. Truly disgraceful.

Posted by: gbooksdc | March 7, 2011 6:28 PM | Report abuse

The smartest move for WB would be to shut down the show. They've got eight years in the can, plenty enough for syndication.

Apparently WaPo published a first draft initially. That version should _never_ have been printed. Shoddy journalism, but WaPo appears to have abandoned any pretenses of quality journalism long ago.

Posted by: gbooksdc | March 7, 2011 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Give the show to Rose, she stole the show whenever she was on...

Posted by: Wildthing1 | March 7, 2011 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Drug induced psychosis. Well, he may have been making millions per episode but his services are no longer required. Some woman who teaches the multiplication tables to your kid makes a minuscule amount compared to Sheen and does a very valuable service for society, contrary to Sheen. Such a warped set of values in USA! USA! USA!

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | March 7, 2011 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Two and 1/2 Men is a show for reprobates anyway

Posted by: sonofliberty09 | March 7, 2011 6:57 PM | Report abuse

My question is:
What took CBS so long?
They exhibited entirely too much patience, unless they were guided by legal contracts.
Sheen is on such a self-destructive binge I suspect we may not him in any production of quality for a very long time, if ever again.
He had talent.
He also has a mental illness and addictions.
None of the above mix well.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | March 7, 2011 6:59 PM | Report abuse

My question is:
What took CBS so long?
They exhibited entirely too much patience, unless they were guided by legal contracts.
Sheen is on such a self-destructive binge I suspect we may not him in any production of quality for a very long time, if ever again.
He had talent.
He also has a mental illness and addictions.
None of the above mix well.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | March 7, 2011 7:00 PM | Report abuse

My question is:
What took CBS so long?
They exhibited entirely too much patience, unless they were guided by legal contracts.
Sheen is on such a self-destructive binge I suspect we may not him in any production of quality for a very long time, if ever again.
He had talent.
He also has a mental illness and addictions.
None of the above mix well.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | March 7, 2011 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Finally a little bit of responsible behavior
from some of Sheen's enablers! Sheen is
self-evidently a lost crackhead who will not
go get help until he's lapping the gutter, so
the sooner this happens the better for him.

As for the legalities: Put me in the jury and
Charley Sheen can not only kiss every last
penny he has goodbye but every penny he
hopes to earn for years & years to come:
This is a guy whose money is POISON to him
and his family. And his bosses deserve to
recoup the damage he's done them. He
should be in a cage for his sheer own sake.

S D Rodrian


Posted by: sdr1 | March 7, 2011 7:02 PM | Report abuse

There are millions of unemployed in this country desperately trying to keep a roof over their families heads, and this "actor" who made more in one thirty minute episode than most make in their 30 year careers, chose drugs and hookers over a ridiculously large salary at CBS and the lifestyle of the rich and famous?....

Posted by: logcabin1836 | March 7, 2011 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Something is very wrong when someone as delusional and vapid as Sheen makes millions per episode. Not that I ever bothered to watch his show, but his story has been repeated so many times on the media outlets I follow, I've been sucked in and have started rubber necking like all the other witnesses of this car crash.

Posted by: dannykurland1 | March 7, 2011 7:17 PM | Report abuse

The addict should have been fired long ago. Maybe now he will go party himself into his early, druggie's grave, as he clearly wants to do, and the world can move on to better things.

Posted by: klakey1 | March 7, 2011 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Charlie really did his best to ruin it for himself, everybody on the show, AND us fans.

Way to go Charlie, screw everybody.

Posted by: lindalovejones | March 7, 2011 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Like so many talented people, Sheen has gone the way of others on a self-destructive path. Problem is, most are incapable of ever making a successful come-back. He made his choices and has no one else to blame but himself. Sorry Charlie, enjoy your early retirement.

Posted by: Mable3 | March 7, 2011 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Finally they fired this nut cake, crazier than Obama and super overpaid, he is not that good an actor no one will loose more than Charlie Sheen. He deserves this. His behavior and mouth are disgusting.

Posted by: amapola11 | March 7, 2011 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Finally they fired this nut cake, crazier than Obama and super overpaid just like Obama for the job he has done. He is not that good an actor, no one will loose more than Charlie Sheen. He deserves this. His behavior and mouth are disgusting.
Obama will follow!!

Posted by: amapola11 | March 7, 2011 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Sheen please stop drinking alcohol.

Posted by: America2010 | March 7, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Dugh! Winning!

Yes you are Chuckie, yes you are,,,

Posted by: connerabr | March 7, 2011 7:45 PM | Report abuse

CBS should continue the show without him---the "Half Man"(boy) is probably grown now after 8 years---he could be the 2nd man, replacing Charlie Sheen---then both he & Jon Cryer could foster/adopt a little boy (almost 50 years ago "My 3 Sons" did a similiar thing on CBS, when some original cast members left, & that show lasted at least a total of 10 years!).

Posted by: gailschumacher | March 7, 2011 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Psychology analysises for Charlie Sheen

Posted by: fakedude2 | March 7, 2011 7:58 PM | Report abuse

@rcubedkc: " more Martin Sheen, third rate actor". Showing your ignorance and stupidity there. Martin Sheen is Charlie's father.
@tokenwhitemale" "...The show's been running for 10 years at least. 10 years, 15 episodes a year, $1M per episode, do the math".
Um, it first aired in 2003, which is 8 years ago, not "at least 10 years". They have done 12 episodes of the 8th season, and each season is usually 24 episodes. Someone better do the math, because obviously you cannot.
Everyone else: Charlie's a great actor. Has made some bad choices in his personal life, who hasn't? But it's HIS personal life, so get over it and leave him alone.

Posted by: sandbagger | March 7, 2011 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Guess Charlie will have to scrape by on the $380 mil or so he has banked. Should be an interesting finish to his life. Over/Under on death: 3 years

Aside from the can't-turn-from-the-car-crash aspect, there is also a kind of grudging respect developing online for someone who does whatever he wants, says whatever comes to his mind, fulfills every lustful desire, and doesn't care one bit what anybody thinks.

Other than (obviously) the domestic violence angle, there is something to be said for the argument that the guy is an adult, leave him and his lifestyle choices alone. We all choose what kills us; some choose a faster route than others.

Posted by: mr_bill_10 | March 7, 2011 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Does that mean that ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOx, TMZ, has sucked him dry?.
BAD, BAD, Charlie who destroys himself on TV being used for ratings by corporate america.
A sad sad story for his children, being used for ratings.
A couple of weeks ago an upper middle class woman in Florida shot her teenage children in the head and killed them?.
The story of Charlie Sheen who never killed his wife or children has taken over this wierd Americana.

Posted by: JillCalifornia | March 7, 2011 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Good, let's move to fixing the economy.

Posted by: wrldtrvlr1982 | March 7, 2011 8:36 PM | Report abuse

sandbugger, "@rcubedkc: " more Martin Sheen, third rate actor". Showing your ignorance and stupidity there.

Well, actually showing how very little I give a damn about a low talent, third rate actor who has it in his mind that the earth revolves around him.

I'll bet he never gets another opportunity like the one he just peed away.

But sandbuggerj, run right out there and buy the whole DVD collection to keep your idle mind busy.

Posted by: rcubedkc | March 7, 2011 8:44 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: gorams1 | March 7, 2011 8:46 PM | Report abuse

One thing Sheen has done is to show the public exactly what it's like to be an addict. The way he's going he'll either be dead or he won't have a cent left inside of three years--and it's more than obvious that you can't tell Charlie a thing.

Posted by: reporter1 | March 7, 2011 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Sheen had ONE talent: being the butt of everyone else's jokes.

He may be on some other show soon. But who cares? It was the rest of the cast that made "Two and Half Men" work.

However, the rest of his cast members really lost out since even good actors seldom get two chances on TV.

Posted by: jjedif | March 7, 2011 9:33 PM | Report abuse

I admire charlie Sheen's lifestyle, it makes me happy that he is out there living the high life that I can only dream of. Keep up the good work Sheen, never stop with the hookers and blow, never surrender.

Posted by: charlieSheenisMyHero | March 7, 2011 9:51 PM | Report abuse

OK, I'm impartial to who is in the right or wrong here. The studio who stated:

"Your client has been engaged in dangerously self destructive conduct and appears to be very ill, "

...ok, but you were paying him $2 mil per episode, had made him the highest paid star on TV and this crazy lifestyle didn't start during the current season. Or the one before. Or the one before. This has been ongoing.

It almost gives off the flavor that had Charlie simply kept doing all the drugs but been able to stay out of the news he would be renewed indefinitely.

CBS Drug policy?:
Clean and outspoken = bad
Doped up and quiet = good

I liked the show and wish Charlie well. Hopefully he can keep his life clean moving forward but the message from CBS seems complacent to nearly all activities - drugs, hookers, etc - as long as there is no bad press.

Not defending Sheen as much as I am probing at CBS. You just can't take the moral high ground about activities you knew were going on...and were clearly enabling for multiple seasons and use that as the excuse to terminate an employee, now that he's not engaged in those activities anymore. I'd have appreciated the honest statement ...

"We believe Charlie is saying derogatory things about CBS executives and so we're terminating the contract mostly out of spite."

To play the babe in the woods routine four seasons into the drug binge is just not genuine and lends credibility to Charlie's description of the horrible climate at CBS more than it does to build credibility that CBS executives care about what he did/does.

It's hard to make a dope fiend look more credible than anyone cognizant and sober. CBS is working hard at it...and succeeding in my eyes. Especially now that Charlie isn't working there anymore and - voila - is clean and sober. Coo Coo for Coco Puffs, but sober. Maybe he needed all those drugs and hookers to unwind from the tumultuous work environment?

Hope to see greener pastures for all those involved.

Posted by: 20yrskinfan | March 7, 2011 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Such a pity. I expect Charlie Sheen to die before the end of the year. He's Jim Morrison with less talent.

Posted by: rbmurals | March 7, 2011 9:58 PM | Report abuse

CBS can't have a man who drinks, uses drugs and has sex with porn stars play a character who drinks, uses drugs and has sex with hookers. That would be against everything they stand for.

Posted by: dobrien10520 | March 7, 2011 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Nobody cares what happens to tv actors. It's not like he's Brad Pitt. Tv actors are a dime a dozen. No one will miss him.

Posted by: taonima2000 | March 7, 2011 10:15 PM | Report abuse

The following paragraph is very interesting from a legal standpoint:

"Warner Bros. said in its letter it was firing Sheen because there is 'ample evidence' Sheen had committed 'felony offenses involving moral turpitude (including but not limited to furnishing of cocaine to others as part of the self-destructive lifestyle he has described publicly)' which gives the studio 'the right to treat such as as a default' on his contract."

I will be curious to see how Warner Bros. gets around the waiver issue. As a number of posters have mentioned, Sheen's "moral turpitude" has been reported for years and no doubt helped to goose the show's ratings. What Warner Bros. really appears to be firing him for is insubordination. I am guessing that his contract doesn't permit termination on those grounds.

Posted by: AdrianMole | March 7, 2011 10:25 PM | Report abuse

A friend commented that the show would be renamed "Two Men" since Sheen was the half a man.

Posted by: pjohn3 | March 7, 2011 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Any truth to the rumor that Dan Snyder has offered Charlie a Front Office job?...say, Director of Winning?

Posted by: nonsensical2001 | March 8, 2011 11:49 AM | Report abuse

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