CBS shuts down ‘Men’ after Charlie Sheen's rant
WITH BILL ZWECKER February 24, 2011 7:08PM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
Using slurs more biting than anything he says on “Two and a Half Men,” Charlie Sheen cut loose Thursday with vicious attacks on his boss, and the results were swift and decisive.
CBS and Warner Bros. Television, which produces the hit sitcom, shut down the show for the rest of the season and minced no words in stating why: The decision was “based on the totality of Charlie Sheen’s statements, conduct and condition.”
It followed a series of interviews in which Sheen excoriated “Two and a Half Men” creator Chuck Lorre, first on Alex Jones’ conspiracy-minded radio show, and then to TMZ.com.
“I’ve spent, I think, close to the last decade, I don’t know, effortlessly and magically converting [Lorre’s] tin cans into pure gold,” he told Jones. “And the gratitude I get is this charlatan chose not to do his job, which is to write.”
Angry that the show didn’t resume production when he felt ready, Sheen slammed Lorre as a “clown” and referred to him as “Chaim Levine,” a Hebrew variation on his birth name, Charles Levine.
“This bootleg cult arrogantly referred to as AA now supports a 5 percent success rate,” he said. “My success rate is 100 percent.” He insisted he cured his problems in “a nanosecond,” using only his mind.
“He’s totally lost it,” a source close to the show told me Thursday night. “This is upending so many lives — the crew members in particular, who have remained so loyal to Charlie through all his ups and downs. But now not only is this the end of the season, it likely means the end of the show.”
A friend of the actor’s father, Martin Sheen, quoted him as saying, “Who will ever want to work with him again? Hollywood’s a small town.”
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