announced that they would cancel the rest of the season of the hit
sitcom “Two and a Half Men,” casting a pall over the fate of TV’s
Interviewed on radio program “The Alex Jones Show,” Sheen, who is said to be vacationing in the
Within hours, the studio and network issued a joint statement: “Based on the totality of
The decision will put at least 200 show staffers out of work indefinitely, as well as deprive No. 1-ranked
The series was supposed to return to production Monday after Sheen — who earns nearly
per episode — completed an unusual home-based rehab program. It was the
second time in as many years the show was forced to halt production due
to the star’s substance-abuse problems. But producers believed there
was still enough time left this season to complete four more episodes,
as opposed to the eight more originally scheduled.
But Sheen over the past few weeks launched an
escalating series of tirades and bizarre behavior. Earlier this month,
he told radio host
return to work but his employers weren’t. He reportedly partied with
baseball stars and headed on vacation with his estranged wife, a porn
star and a third woman.
Studio and network bosses, who had urged Sheen to
enter rehab after a trip to the emergency room last month, relied on
addiction specialists who said that the actor could return to work,
with the proviso that he continue treatment for months afterward. But
the personal attack on Lorre pushed the studio to switch gears.
Shortly after the network and studio announced they
would terminate the season, the gossip website Radaronline quoted Sheen
as saying that he would allow them to film his drug test Monday.
“That’s how confident I am” of passing, the star was quoted as saying.
In a letter to TMZ issued after the network decision
had been made, Sheen wrote of Lorre: “Clearly I have defeated this
earthworm with my words — imagine what I would have done with my fire
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