Charlie Sheen rant prompts 'Two and a Half Men' cancellation
Friday, February 25, 2011; 12:32 PM
Charlie Sheen's Thursday radio appearance featured a rant which has the nation buzzing. As Liz Kelly reported:
On Thursday, Charlie Sheen unleashed a vitriolic, yet ill-conceived, radio rant in which he mainly targeted "Two and a Half Men" creator/writer Chuck Lorre, calling him -- among other things -- a "charlatan" and approaching ethnic slur territory by repeatedly calling Lorre a Hebrew variation of his birth name: Chaim Levine.
As our esteemed colleague Lisa de Moraes reported, CBS's reaction was nothing short of career-ending: Production on what is (inexplicably) the highest rated sitcom on TV has been shut down for the remainder of the season "based on the totality of Charlie Sheen's statements, conduct and condition."
So, what did he say? It's breathtaking in its own sad, pitiful way. Sheen comes off as a rabid egomaniac who spends his days holed up in his home theater watching "Apocalypse Now," a movie in which his father starred and relating his life to the movie's mysterious (yet aptly insane) Col. Kurtz.
CBS has stopped production of Sheen's hit comedy series 'Two and a Half Men.' As Lisa de Moraes explained:
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.
Sheen's rant was touched off by a question regarding his show's executive producer Chuck Lorre. As Melissa Bell reported:
Amid the spectacular radio rant of Charlie Sheen that has since caused the halt of the entire production of CBS's "Two and Half Men," one question from radio host Alex Jones helped flame Sheen's anger: What about those vanity cards?
Jones said they seemed to try to "demonize you ... they seem pretty aggressive." The vanity cards have been a trademark ending to the sitcoms helmed by executive producer Chuck Lorre for years. For a few seconds after the final credits, a white screen appears with a message from Lorre. Vanity cards traditionally flash the production house's logo at the end of the television program. Lorre's quirky meditations on life have garnered something of a cult following among his fans.
When radio show host Jones brought up the vanity cards, Sheen said it was "one of the few compliments that clown has paid me in the last decade." Sheen then went off on a tirade directed at Lorre, who he kept calling Lorre "Chaim Levine," a Hebrew variation of his birth name. It was "approaching ethnic slur territory," as Liz Kelly put it in the Post's Celebritology blog.
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