CBS programming executives have canceled the hit sitcom Two and a Half Men after their embattled star Charlie Sheen gave what can only be described as a combative and bizarre rant in an interview with Alex Jones who runs the site Infowars. Sheen’s public battles with addiction and stints in rehab have become a public spectacle of late, but his threatening rhetoric to showrunner Chuck Lorre appears to have been the last straw.
Most of Sheen’s interview with Jones centered around his private life and his career as he rambled about the “goddesses” he dates, the “Vatican assassin warlocks” he works with, and the great fiction that is substance addiction (“I’m cured,” he assures Jones, “I’m done.”). Of the most political significance is the aforementioned slam of Jefferson and attacks of “Bible-clingers” that disapprove of his “bitchin’” lifestyle. There is a remarkable amount of material to work with in the 18-minute interview.
But it was the turn toward the EP of the hit sitcom that lead to the halting of the production. CBS issued the following statement: “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.”
TMZ first published a retaliatory letter from Sheen to Lorre, which is excerpted below:
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…
Two and a Half Men has consistently been a top rated sitcom for CBS, and is seen by many as a cash cow for the network. Listen to the audio from the interview that led to the cancellation below:
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