Turns out calling your executive producer a "piece of s**t" might not be a great call. That's a lesson for Charlie Sheen, as CBS and Warner Bros. just announced they will not be resuming production on Two and a Half Men this season, as originally planned.
Reads the statement from the network and studio: "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."
Sheen had been conducting several interviews where he was making some pretty notable statements about the decision by CBS, Warner Bros. and Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre to temporarily (at the time) shut down production this season due to Sheen's ongoing substance abuse problems and the associated legal and medical scenarios surrounding him.
Today, Sheen told TMZ, "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." Added Sheen, "All these guys told me to 'clean it up.' Well this is me cleaning it the f**k up."
Last but not least, he said, "That piece of s**t [Lorre] took money out of my pocket, my family's pocket, and, most importantly, my second family -- my crew's pocket."
This was on the heels of a very odd radio interview Sheen gave (you can hear it at TMZ if you'd like) in which he had odd running comments about "Vatican assassins," said he'd cured himself of alcoholism with his mind and used the word "Winning" as a bizarre running catch phrase of sorts.
The next question is what will happen for Two and a Half Men beyond this season – keeping in mind that the show is still a monster hit (the number one comedy on TV). It remains to be seen whether Sheen's differences with the producers can be worked out, whether CBS and Warners would consider continuing the show without him, or whether this could mark the messy end for the series. But with so much money on the line, this will no doubt be a very debated topic by the network and studio.
Update: Sheen has now sent an open letter to TMZ responding to the decision to not put Two and a Half Men back into production this season. It reads:
"What does this say about Haim Levine [Chuck Lorre] 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...