It’s war in sitcom land.
Never turn on your producer. Not in public anyway -especially when they have other sitcoms on the go with the network.
CBS and Warner Bros. have cancelled the remaining season of Two and a Half Men, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The move follow anti-semitic comments from Charlie Sheen about the show’s creator, Chuck Lorre on a radio program Thursday.
A statement from CBS and Warner Bros read:
“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.”
During Sheen’s lengthy tirade on the Alex Jones Show, he repeatedly refered to Lorre as “Chaim Levine,” and said he spent “close to the last decade effortlessly and magically” converting Lorre’s “tin can into pure gold.”
Sheen noted that he was told that if he went on “attack” execs would cancel the show.
Later, Sheen told TMZ he “violently hated” Lorre and that he “owned” him.
The drama follows Sheen undergoing rehabilitation and staff being stood down for a month. An earlier report that Sheen had left for a holiday to the Bahamas, despite rehearsals being scheduled for next Tuesday.
This will remain a story to watch. There will likely be major repercussions from the latest incident.
In Australia the sitcom has been shedding viewers, down to 545,000 last night -fourth in its timeslot.
Nine has 5 more new episodes to air.
UPDATE: After the announcement of the series shutdown, Sheen fired off an angry letter to TMZ that read:
“What does this say about Haim Levine 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… Charlie Sheen”
UPDATE 26/2: Sheen calls Fox Sports Radio with Pat O’Brien from the Bahamas … where he claimed during the entire 8-year run on Men he felt like “an unwanted relative being given cold coffee at 9pm every night.”
And now that show execs have shut down production on Men for the rest of the season, Sheen believes the show is also done “for good” … saying, “Can you imagine going back into the sludge pit with those knuckleheads at this point? Can you imagine? It would go bad quickly.”