CBS and Warner Bros. have agreed to shut down production on Two and a Half Men for the remainder of the current season, after a violent and anti-Semitic rant by Charlie Sheen led both companies to the conclusion that they have had enough of the troubled star.
“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,” the companies said in a joint statement.
The show was slated to return from hiatus next week for a run of four additional episodes, bringing the already reduced order to 20 installments for this season.
Sheen verbally attacked Two and a Half Men co-creator Chuck Lorre, referring to him as a “clown,” a “stupid, stupid little man” and saying he “violently hates the producer,” poking fun at his name. In a subsequent letter to TMZ, Sheen called Lorre a “contaminated little maggot” and wished the producer “nothing but pain.”
The financial toll of Sheen’s latest sociopathic break will be considerable. Two and a Half Men is currently the most watched sitcom on network TV, averaging more than 14 million viewers this year and now, in its eighth season, is a $1 billion dollar-plus franchise.
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