US sitcom canned after Charlie Sheen meltdown
Plug pulled on Two and a Half Men after troubled star rants on radio
Actor Charlie Sheen, in and out of rehab (over booze and cocaine) and in an out of court (over threatening his wife Brooke with a knife), appears to have gone past the point of no return.
Filming of Two and a Half Men, the American sitcom he's paid $2m an episode to star in, has been cancelled forthwith by CBS and Warner Bros after Sheen phoned in to a radio station and started slagging off the show's creator Chuck Lorre, and ranting against Alcoholics Anonymous among other targets.
His tirade was a wild one, even by Sheen standards.
"Look what I'm dealing with, man," he told the nationally syndicated Alex Jones Show. "I'm dealing with fools and trolls... I'm dealing with soft targets, and it's just strafing runs in my underwear before my first cup of coffee... they lay down with their ugly wives and their ugly children and just look at their loser lives, and then they look at me and say, 'I can't process it.' Well, no, and you never will! Stop trying! Just sit back and enjoy the show."
In the midst of a ramble that covered trolls, tattoos and Vatican assassins, he returned to the subject of drugs and alcohol abuse. "I have a disease? Bullshit! I cured it... with my mind."
For the makers of Two and a Half Men, enough was enough. The decision to halt production was based on the "totality of Charlie Sheen's statements, conduct and condition", according to a joint statement from Warner Bros Television studio and the CBS network.
According to some reports, 45-year-old Sheen greeted the news by hopping on a plane to the Bahamas accompanied by two porn movie stars.
This could scupper his hopes of persuading both his ex-wives - Denise Richards and Brooke Mueller - to move into his neighbourhood in Los Angeles so that his children by both marriages can be closer to him and each other. ·
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