CBS and Warner Bros. Television announced Thursday that production on the sitcom will shut down for the rest of the season. News arrives just hours after Sheen's rant on the Alex Jones Show radio program earlier Thursday morning, in which he bashed Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre.
"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," CBS said in a statement. Earlier in the day, the actor's rep Stan Rosenfeld had told the Associated Press that Sheen, in fact, was planning on returning to set next week having completed his at-home rehab.
Soon after CBS and Warner Bros. TV said they would not continue production, Sheen sent the following open letter to his fans via TMZ,:
"What does this say about Haim Levine [Sheen referred to Lorre as "Chaim Levine" earlier on the radio as well] after he tried to use his words to judge and attempt to degrade me," Sheen wrote. "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."
Earlier in the day, Sheen, who makes $1.8 million an episode, took aim at Lorre on the radio, calling him a "clown" and "charlatan." This month, Lorre wrote on one of Two and a Half Men's vanity cards that he'd be upset if he didn't outlive Sheen.
"I embarrassed him in front of his children and the world by healing at a pace that this un-evolved mind cannot process," Sheen told Jones. "I've spent, I think, close to the last decade, I don't know, effortlessly and magically converting your tin can into pure gold. And the gratitude I get is this charlatan chose not to do his job, which is to write."
The radio rant also included derogatory statements about some of the women in his life (they're "turds"), Alcoholics Anonymous (it's a "bootleg cult") and Thomas Jefferson ("He was a p----"). After the interview, Sheen told TMZ that he wanted to challenge Lorre to a cage fight. "If he wins, then he can leave my show," he said.
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