Charlie Sheen Says ‘Anger Management’ Will Be His Final TV Show

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 19th, 2013 at 1:42 pm,

Former star of Two and a Half Men and everyone’s favorite crazy person Charlie Sheen claims he’s saying buh-bye to television after his new FX show Anger Management runs its course. Sheen was his typical candid self on his future plans to retire after 30 years in show business where he discusses his career, his fans and what may be his final piece of work.

In chatting with The New York Times, Sheen proclaims that Anger Management is it for him, labeling it his “swan song” and before talking about his career.

“There’s a lot more out there to do than make-believe, you know? I mean, I’m grateful, got a dream life as a direct result of television, you know? But at some point you just get tired of wearing somebody else’s clothes, saying somebody else’s words and working in somebody else’s space. I’m also aware of the fact that you don’t get these kinds of shots in the same lifetime. You’re only supposed to have one hit show, unless you’re Kelsey Grammer. When I’m done with this business it’s just going to be about soccer games and amusement parks and when this ends, I’m done. This is my swan song.”

Sheen’s new comedy will premiere June 28th with a preliminary 10-episode order and the potential for more based on ratings. In what seems like a precaution to avoid a repeat of what happened on Two and a Half Men, the 46-year-old actor did not take too kindly to the network’s inquiries into the current state of his health or if he would submit to random drug testing.

“I told them to go fuck themselves with that one. It’s an invasion of privacy, man. Total invasion of privacy. If they say, ‘What’s going on?’ I’m like, I don’t know, what’s going on with you? ‘Well, you seem a little…’ Really, that’s your opinion? How does the work look? ‘Well, the work’s great but…’ Everything after ‘but’ is a dial tone. Go to hell.”

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Despite being fired (with his beloved character being gruesomely killed) and replaced by Ashton Kutcher for his very public partying ways, Sheen claims to be a gentle, misunderstood soul and that he also believes that forgiving fans actually have his back on his upcoming return to TV. Sheen goes on to say:

“Inside here, regardless of what the persona may be, I’m still the seven-year-old kid in the back of the class, afraid to raise his hand. I don’t want this – all of this – to extinguish that child. Because it can. And I refuse to grow up. People are like, ‘You still look young.’ I’m like, ‘I don’t believe in aging.’ I don’t believe in failure, fatigue or excuses. I don’t believe in them. You’re on two hours’ sleep and you’re shooting your eighth scene of the day — so what? Do it. The Nike slogan doesn’t say ‘Just Try It.’ ‘Just Good Luck With It.’ It says ‘Just Do It.’ And you do it.”

“[The fans] They seem to be rooting pretty hard for this next thing. And the ones that pay attention know that I’m not just some loose cannon that’s out there making shit up. Or trying to set up a different image of who I think I am or trying to convince them I’m somebody different. I think that’s the reason people have stayed with me, is because I’ve just always been honest. I’ve always been like, ‘I did it, sorry, nobody got hurt, nobody got arrested.’ Not all the time. And you move on. A friend of mine, a guy I really respect, says that as long as you’re teachable, then you have some sense of humility. And to be teachable you have to listen. No one listens anymore.”

Whether his recent ramblings on retirement turn out to be true remains to be seen – but whatever your personal feelings may be about Charlie Sheen, he has a way of bluntly speaking for himself (for better or worse) so there’s ultimately no point to keep carping on the guy. The curiosity of Sheen’s post “Bi-Winning” meltdown return to TV might be enough to give his new show high initial viewership, but with the star already eyeballing the exit door it probably wont be the breakout hit Two and a Half Men turned out to be.


Catch Anger Management July 28th on FX.

Source: The New York Times (via EW)

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  1. When Charlie Sheen talks, only Charlie Sheen listens…

  2. Hate to sound like a cynic, but I’m sure once he blows all his money on drugs and prostitutes, he’ll be back for another sitcom.

    • He’ll have to because last time I checked, drugs, booze, prostitutes and hotel damages costs a lot of $$ — when the bills start to add up again and his accountant tells him he’s in trouble, I’m sure he’ll make his return to show-biz.

      • yep, the guy spends easily (easily) 1-2 million yearly on frivolous things, not counting buying items like a house for 7.5 mil, etc.

        The only way he is going to be able to retire is if he learns to live within his means which, as of yet, he has not proven he can do. As far as I can recall, he needed to find this new job because he was already close to bankruptcy (not counting the settlement over being fired from his last show).

        Maybe he can manage to live on residuals from past movies and TV shows but I highly doubt it.

        • I should have added to the end of my comments…”if he lives much longer”. Sometimes, it appears as if he has aged ten or 20 years in the last two, no doubt due to his extensive drug use.

        • He will bank 150 million, that’s the brokered deal, he will die before he runs out of money!!!!

  3. dam no more charlie sheen =( this sucks

  4. If I had money I’d blow it all on drugs and women too.

    • what would I do with a million dollars ????

      2 chicks at one time

      • …giggidy

      • Classic

    • he truly is a great actor…

  5. It’ll be interesting to see how the show will do. Trying to pull a character that follows Jack Nicholson will be a hard task. For me the whole Anger Management movie was funny because of Jack’s crazy antics and I just don’t see that with Sheen. Hopefully he does well but I just don’t see it. I will tune in the first episode to see how he does though.
    I do agree though. The guy burns through money like Bill Gates. He will be back a couple of years after retiring. That white powder along with them women does cost a big chunk of cheddar

    • Hmm well short of Tracy Morgan I can’t think of anyone else more fitting for the term “crazy antics” than Charlie Sheen

  6. Sheen is guaranteed an obscene income for life
    from syndication rights of Two and a Half Men.
    Which guarantees him his vices for life too.


  8. Charlie sheen for a cameo in the avengers 2 ne1? Idk bout u but i wuld b hyped as s***!!

    • A glimpse into the future of the Tony Stark drunken years :D

  9. “People are like, ‘You still look young.’ ”

    More like the sycophants telling their gravy train whatever he wants to hear. In that new Fiat commercial (driving in the house) he looks downright skeletal when gets out of the car. Unfortunately, I feel that we’re going to be talking about the death of Charlie Sheen in the not-so-distant future. Which is a shame because the guy is a heck of an actor.

  10. he might be crazy but he’s a great actor. Platoon n wall street remember that people

  11. “You look young” says who? your agent?
    you’re balding, you have false teeth and any closeup on your face show the slight drop of your nose , the lack of elasticity of your skin. You’re “Hollywood young” as in “let’s delude myself into how young I am through booze, coke and girls young enough to be my daughter and if it’s still not working let’s resort to surgery”
    This guy will be a complete wreck when he will turn 60.

  12. I am sorry but the years of Charlie Sheen being a ‘good actor’ (sorry but the reason Wall Street was great was because of Micheal Douglas and I really hate Platoon) are far far far behind him. How Anger Management has the viewers I don’t know. I watched a few episodes and could not stand to watch one more. It isn’t funny. I guess I just don’t understand. And he does not look young. Sorry Charlie.

  13. we think charlie sheen looks good and is a great actor as the other actors that have had the chance to work with him, he’s had some great times with shows he’s done and many a people have helped him as he has helped others,
    Good Luck,