CBS said late Friday that production on its hit comedy Two and a Half Men has shut down, because the show’s lead actor Charlie Sheen has entered a rehabilitation center.
Over the past two years there have been a steady stream of headlines and press stories detailing Sheen’s alleged struggle with alcohol and drugs—a struggle that has landed him in trouble with the law for allegedly assaulting his wife Brooke Mueller.
In a statement, CBS said, “Due to Charlie Sheen’s decision to enter a rehabilitation center, CBS, Warner Bros. Television and executive producer Chuck Lorre are placing Two and a Half Men on production hiatus. We are profoundly concerned for his health and well-being, and support his decision.”
The nine-year sitcom has anchored the network’s Monday night schedule and helped to keep CBS the most viewed network. Sheen is reportedly the highest paid actor in network TV.
CBS has two original episodes of Men available until the show goes back into production—but how the network would schedule the program in the upcoming February sweeps is still unknown.