Note: correct date stamp is 9:05p, February 24 2011
After a bizarre series of tirades in which Charlie Sheen sounded more like Muammar Gaddafi than the star of the hit series Two and A Half Men, CBS Network and Warner Bros. Television finally came to their senses. They closed down the show for the remainder of the season, perhaps for good.
A few hours ago, CBS and Warner Bros. Television issued this joint 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.” (Thanks to Rob Owen for the text posted here.)
It’s not clear when production will resume, if ever.
All day today, Twitter and the blogsphere were buzzing after TMZ posted the audio of a rambling, incoherent Charlie Sheen interview on a radio show hosted by Alex Jones.
Sheen called Two and A Half Men executive producer Chuck Lorre a “clown” and then went on to claim credit for the show’s successes. “I spent I think, close to the last decade 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.”
At one point in response to Jones’ question about “not putting up with people pushing him around any more,” Sheen responded in Gaddafi-esque fashion.
“I have magic, poetry at my fingertips, most of the time, this includes naps. I’m a F-18, bro. I’ll destroy in the air and I will deploy my ordinance on the ground.”
Then a few hours later, according to TMZ, Sheen continued firing indiscriminately: “I violently hate Chaim Levine (Chuck Lorre). He’s a stupid, stupid little man and a p**sy punk that I’d never want to be like….That’s me being polite.”
And it didn’t stop there. Even after the CBS/Warner Bros. Television announcement, Sheen worked himself into a true lather. In an open letter to TMZ, Sheen called Lorre a “maggot” and then appealed to his fans for help. “Clearly I have defeated this earthworm [Lorre] 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.”
It’s as if Charlie Sheen and Muammar Gaddafi were separated at birth. At least, it seems they’re sampling from the same bong.
UPDATE: Kate Aurthur, West Coast editor of The Daily Beast, tweeted:
Here’s a little Charlie Sheen moment from yesteryear, featuring bad Emilio Estevez behavior, too. http://t.co/UsX3Z4G #history #enablers
Posted: 9:05 p.m., February 24, 2011
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