Charlie Sheen will not be resuming work on 'Two and a Half Men' on Monday. Warner Brothers Television (WBTV) and CBS have decided not to resume production of the sitcom for this season, reports TV Guide.
The shut-down is a result of a series of rants that Charlie Sheen has let loose against the show creator, Chuck Lorre. 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, CBS said in a statement
This was in sharp contrast to the statement from Sheen’s representative to the Associated Press, where he said that Sheen will be resuming work next week as he has completed his at-home rehabilitation stint.
The move to end the show for the season stems from Charlie Sheen’s tirade on Alex Jones Radio Show early Thursday morning and an open letter written to TMZ. Sheen called Lorre a charlatan and a clown on the radio show. He also made derogatory statements about some of the women in his life (they're turds) and Alcoholics Anonymous (it's a bootleg cult), reports TV Guide.
Charlie’s outburst was in response to Lorre’s posting on a vanity card on 'Men' that ended with If Charlie Sheen outlives me, I'm gonna be really pissed.
Further, in an open letter to TMZ, Sheen called Lorre a contaminated little maggot and earthworm. I wish him nothing but pain in his silly travels.
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, he added.
Warner Bros and Lorre are very upset with Charlie’s verbal assaults and insults. Charlie Sheen saw a huge career resurgence with 'Two and a Half Men' which also resulted in him becoming TV's highest-paid star, making more than $1.2 million an episode.
A joint decision was taken by WBTV, CBS and Lorre not to resume production as planned in a series of meetings precipitated by the day’s events, reports Deadline.com. Lorre is the creator of Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory, both of which have landed massive syndication deals.
WBTV is expected to deal with the compensation issue of the show’s crew next week. Warner Bros has also not commented on whether the show will be aired next season. They have a lot of money riding on the sitcom and stand to lose millions if it is not resumed in the coming season.