Today, in a surprising turn of events, CBS and Warner Bros. have decided to end all speculation about whether or not Charlie Sheen would be returning to Two and a Half Men and officially fired the outspoken actor from the hit television sitcom.
While Sheen has been publicly attacking his, now, former employers for the past month, the actor’s recent public antics appear to have pushed CBS and Warner Bros. passed the limits of acceptable absurdity.
In the eleven page letter that Warner Bros. sent to Sheen’s attorney, they state that “[Charlie Sheen] has been engaged in dangerously self-destructive conduct and appears to be very ill." Continuing, the letter then describes the public antics that Sheen has been involved in, as of recent – including the continuous attacks against Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre.
To make sure that Sheen knows exactly why he’s being fired from the series – and why having a no morals clause in his contract doesn’t mean a thing – Warner Bros. explained that they are able to terminate anyone who has committed "a felony offense involving moral turpitude.”
Believing that Sheen has committed said offence, Warner Bros. states:
“There is ample evidence supporting Warner Bros. reasonable good faith opinion that Mr. Sheen 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) that have 'interfere[d] with his ability to fully and completely render all material services required' under the agreement."
In the lengthy letter – which also includes a link to almost every news article written on this matter – Warner Bros. also detailed how they attempted to provide him with the help they believe he needed by having their corporate jet ready to take him to a treatment facility. Unfortunately, Charlie Sheen declined this offer.
As expected, a response from Sheen himself also accompanied the news of his firing. Speaking with TMZ, Sheen said:
"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 (his house with the “goddesses”) because now I can take all of their bazillions, never have to look at whatshiscock again and I never have to put on those silly shirts for as long as this warlock exists in the terrestrial dimension."
While Sheen believes that he will ultimately win any legal proceeding that results from his firing, Warner Bros. made sure to note that they believe their case is sound - and even went so far as to say that they reserve the right to take legal action against Sheen. Even though Sheen touted his no morals clause in his contract, it appears that Warner Bros.’ moral turpitude provision will come out on top.
As for Two and a Half Men, will this popular series ever see the light of day? At this moment, it’s hard to tell, but from the recent rumblings of overheard conversations, CBS and Warner Bros. are still looking for a way to bring the series back. Last week, CBS president Les Moonves was heard speaking with John Stamos about the possibility of him joining the cast for next season.
The only obvious thing I can say to that is, “Have mercy!”
We’ll continue to update this article as more information is released.
Two and a Half Men is currently done for the season, but there has been no official announcement of the series being canceled.