Following Charlie Sheen’s recent outbursts regarding Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre, CBS and Warner Bros. have decided to halt production on the hit series for the rest of the season.
While calling into the political radio show “The Alex Jones Show”, Sheen decidedly shifted his attention and began attacking Chuck Lorre and Thomas Jefferson.
As it turns out, this would be just beginning of Sheen’s rants, as the Major League star then called TMZ and - among many things - publicly challenged Chuck Lorre to a fight in the familiar Ultimate Fighter octagon.
Confident in his chances of besting Lorre in a MMA-style match, Sheen noted that if he won the fight, Lorre would have to leave “his (Sheen’s)” show. Knowing that Lorre would never accept a ridiculous offer to fight, Sheen left TMZ with a final message to pass along to Lorre:
“You can tell him [Lorre] one thing. I own him."
Considering Two and a Half Men has been on hiatus these past few weeks because of Sheen’s previous antics, his most recent statements served to push CBS and Warner Bros. to stop production on the series for the rest of the season.
In a joint statement, CBS Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television announced their decision:
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.
Unfortunately, this statement was not the end of it. With Sheen proving that any mention of his name will bring about the star’s ire, he released his own statement: [Note: Chuck Lorre’s real last name is Levine.]
What does this say about Haim Levine [Chuck Lorre] after he tried to use his words to judge and attempt to degrade me. I gracefully ignored this folly for 177 shows ... I fire back once and this contaminated little maggot can't handle my power and can't handle the truth. I wish him nothing but pain in his silly travels especially if they wind up in my octagon. Clearly I have defeated this earthworm with my words -- imagine what I would have done with my fire breathing fists. I urge all my beautiful and loyal fans who embraced this show for almost a decade to walk with me side-by-side as we march up the steps of justice to right this unconscionable wrong.
Remember these are my people ... not yours...we will continue on together...
Sounding more like a manifesto for some religious cult than an appropriate response, Sheen (poorly) conveys his unhappiness with Two and a Half Men shutting down. While CBS and Warner Bros. purposefully stated that the series would only be shut down for the rest of the season, the ultimate future of the series is unknown.
Even though Two and a Half Men is an extremely successful venture for the network and studio, it’s obvious that things can not continue the way they have been. Despite Sheen proving that he can separate his partying from his work commitments, it appears that CBS and Warner Bros. want it all… or nothing at all.
As of now, it looks like they’re going for the latter.
Two and a Half Men airs Mondays @9pm, on CBS