Shortly after news spread Monday that Warner Bros. Television had fired Charlie Sheen from Two and a Half Men, the actor told TMZ.com that "this is very good news."
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"This is very good news," Sheen told the site. "They continue to be in breach, like so many whales. It is a big day of gladness at the Sober Valley Lodge because now I can take all of the bazillions, never have to look at whatshisc--- again and I never have to put on those silly shirts for as long as this warlock exists in the terrestrial dimension."
Sheen's reaction follows the statement put out by Warner Bros. Television Monday: "After careful consideration, Warner Bros. Television has terminated Charlie Sheen's services on Two and a Half Men effective immediately." That decision comes less than two weeks after CBS and the studio shut down TV's top-rated sitcom for the remainder of the season.
During that time, Sheen — who on Saturday launched his own web-based series, Sheen's Korner — has been on a non-stop media tour, in which he has continuously bashed series creator Chuck Lorre, ranted about the Two and a Half Men, and detailed his recent use of near-lethal amounts of cocaine.
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In a letter from Warner Bros. to Sheen, obtained by TMZ, the studio says the actor was let go for "a felony offense involving moral turpitude (including but not limited to furnishing of cocaine to others as part of the self-destructive lifestyle he has described publicly)." Sheen's lawyer, Marty Singer, disputes this claim, saying that when Sheen planned to plead guilty to a felony charge stemming from the domestic violence incident involving estranged wife Brooke Mueller on Dec. 25, 2009, the studio agreed to renegotiate Sheen's contract.
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"Your client has been engaged in dangerously self-destructive conduct and appears to be very ill," the letter from Warner Bros. continues, highlighting that Sheen's condition and erratic behavior "undermined the production" of Two in a Half Men. "Mr. Sheen had difficulty remembering his lines and hitting his marks. His conduct and condition created substantial tensions on the set."
The letter lists Sheen's misconduct in considerable detail, including his having done $7,000 worth of damage to a room at The Plaza Hotel, his recent trip to the hospital and his heavily reported cocaine addiction.
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Warner Bros. also says they have no obligation to pay the actor for the cancelled episodes due to his "incapacity." Should Sheen pursue legal action against the studio, Warner Bros. plans to seek lost revenue for Sheen's time in rehab. Sheen's lawyer says the actor plans to sue, and believes Lorre is behind the studio's move to fire him.
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Though he's out of a job, Sheen was looking for a "winning intern with tiger blood" as of Monday morning — or so he said on his Twitter.