The TV Column: Sheen's conduct spurs season shutdown of 'Two and a Half Men'
Thursday, February 24, 2011; 11:57 PM
CBS and Warner Bros. TV have taken the extraordinary step of scrapping production on the country's most popular comedy series, "Two and a Half Men," for the rest of the season after star Charlie Sheen went on his most breathtaking radio tear yet 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," the two companies said Thursday in a statement.
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, as well as Alcoholics Anonymous, the chicks he parties with and possibly even Thomas Jefferson.
"There's something this side of deplorable that a certain Chaim Levine - yeah, that's Chuck's real name - mistook this rock star for his own selfish exit strategy, bro," Sheen said in the radio rant.
"Check it, Alex: I embarrassed him in front of his children and the world by healing at a pace that this un-evolved mind cannot process. 'Last I checked, Chaim, I spent close to the last decade effortlessly and magically converting your tin cans into pure gold.' And the gratitude I get is [that] this charlatan chose not to do his job, which is to write."
Show creator Lorre's given name is Charles M. Levine.
At one point in the interview, Sheen is heard calling Thomas Jefferson a wimp.
Regarding the company he keeps, Sheen had this to say: "If I bring up these turds, these . . . losers, there's no reason to then bring them back into the fold because I have real fame - they have nothing. They have zero. They have that night. And I will forget about them as the last image of them exits my beautiful home."
Sheen also dismissed Alcoholics Anonymous as a "bootleg cult."
"I have a disease? [Expletive] - I cured it . . . with my mind. . . . It's all good, guys. Quit panicking. No panic, no judgment. . . . You can kill me but you do not have the right to judge me.
" . . . I can't use the word 'sober' because that's a term from those people, and I have cleansed myself. I have closed my eyes and in a nanosecond, I cured myself. . . . It's just the work of sissies. The only thing I'm addicted to right now is winning. You know?"