Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
Michael J. Fox is said to be dismayed “to be drawn into this Charlie Sheen mess,” according to a longtime associate of the actor.
Sheen has said CBS and Warner Bros. will have to continue to pay him if the network and studio produce “Two and a Half Men” without him. The man who has made “Winning” his tagline said he had a clause inserted in his contract, mirroring one in Fox’s former deal for “Spin City.”
Basically — according to Sheen’s claims — Fox’s salary continued even after he left to battle Parkinson’s disease and was replaced by Sheen.
My Fox source called it “a case of apples and oranges — very different issues. Michael left due to a serious disease, plus he had producing responsibilities on the show … all part of his continuing compensation.
“Michael is extremely upset that Charlie would draw him into this bizarre conversation — at this point, and after so many years.”
† People at the Live Nation events-promotion company, where Sheen met with execs Monday, are salivating over the big bucks they know they can make on a Sheen speaking tour (that reportedly would include Chicago). But there are concerns about whether Sheen could complete the itinerary without one of his famous breakdowns, crackups or other serious incidents.
† Sheen finally added his longtime “Two and a Half Men” co-star Jon Cryer to his personal enemies list on Tuesday, telling E! News, “You’re with me or you’re with the trolls. Obviously he’s with the trolls. … Jon has not called me. He’s a turncoat, a traitor and a troll.” Sheen sneered that Cryer merely issued a statement — though the actor has yet to issue any statement about Sheen or his departure from the show.
HANGIN’ WITH JANET: While in town for her concert gigs at the Chicago Theatre, Janet Jackson has had fun offstage — checking out Chilli Pepper and the talented crew at the famous Baton female impersonator club on Clark Street, and running down to Gary with personal trainer-to-the-stars Tony Martinez to check on the Jacksons’ old home and neighborhood in Steel City.
ERIN GO CHICAGO: As we approach St. Patrick’s Day, it’s appropriate that Mary Pat Kelly is hitting town — helping to scout locations for a television miniseries based on her novel Galway Bay. Chicago native Jean Doumanian, formerly Woody Allen’s key producing partner, is developing the TV project — a sweeping tale focusing on Honora Kelly, the grandmother of Ed Kelly, Chicago’s first Irish-American mayor, and a cousin of Mary Pat’s.
† As for Allen, the Oscar winner continues with his European cycle of movies, confirming that his next flick will be made in Rome.
ON THEIR TOES: The backstage gossip at “Dancing With the Stars” is veteran pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy is increasingly unhappy with his partner Kirstie Alley — finding her even more of a diva than he expected when he learned they’d be teamed up for this new season.
THIS ’N’ THAT: Looking to the future, super-manager mom Kris Jenner already is plotting career moves for her younger daughters, teenagers Kylie and Kendall. Mama Jenner is looking into potential TV reality ideas, fashion, fragrance and other merchandising deals, hoping to mirror the jillion-dollar success she’s orchestrated for her older kids, Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: The International Home & Housewares Show brought tons of famous chefs to town, including Todd English — spied dining at Paris Club, as was the eatery’s neighbor Rick Bayless of Topolobampo, Frontera Grill and “Top Chef” fame. … Fans of Ludacris got a kick out of seeing the actor/rapper working out at Equinox at 900 N. Michigan.