Charlie Sheen fired from 'Two and a Half Men' for 'self destructive conduct'
Monday, March 7, 2011; 9:43 PM
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 who have knowledge of the situation; they did not wish to be identified because they were not authorized to speak about the details of the situation.
Warner Bros. TV, which produces the show for CBS, did the firing, in a letter sent Monday to Sheen's lawyer.
"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 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."
Contacted Monday afternoon, CBS declined to comment.
Sheen, who reportedly was being paid nearly $2 million per episode, said in recent interviews that he intended to honor his contract, which ran through next season - the show's ninth - but that if Warner Bros. and CBS wanted him back for a 10th season, his price would be $3 million, owing to the distress that he said the studio and network had put him through. He was the highest-paid actor in series television history.
In various recent interviews, Sheen had vowed to take legal action against Warner Bros. and CBS for shutting down production on "Men."
On Monday, Sheen responded to the Warner Bros. 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 it was terminating Sheen because there is "ample evidence" that he has 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 have interfered with Sheen's ability to fulfill terms of his contract and which give the studio "the right to treat such as a default" on his contract.
On Feb. 24, CBS and Warner Bros. TV took the extraordinary step of scrapping production on the country's most popular comedy series for the rest of the season - the same day that Sheen went on his most breathtaking radio tear yet.