Charlie Sheen was the very first celebrity that host Ricky Gervais roasted at last night’s Golden Globe ceremony, and he was a natural choice since his antics are so outrageous and well documented. Gervais didn’t even mention Charlie’s latest orgy in Vegas with a bunch of hookers at a porn convention, and focused on his hotel room freakout. I loved the way Gervais explained it: “It’s going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking, or as Charlie Sheen calls it, breakfast. Let’s get this straight, he picked up a porn star, paid her to have dinner with him, introduced her to his ex wife, as you do, went to a hotel, got drunk, got naked, trashed the place while she was locked in a cupboard. That was a Monday. What did he do on New Year’s eve?”
Well we know that Charlie topped that incident with a Vegas blowout that had him missing work afterwards due to an “ear infection” that his people swore was legitimate. The President of CBS was asked in a press conference about Charlie’s latest antics, and she spoke candidly about how concerned they were, but seemed to suggest that the popularity of Sheen’s hit show Two and A Half Men trumps the fact that he’s an abusive, womanizing creep. At least that’s what I took away from it:
CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler told the nation’s TV critics this morning that “we have a high level of concern” about Charlie Sheen and the reported personal problems that he may or may not be wrestling with off-camera, but expressed confidence in his professionalism on the network’s hit show, Two and a Half Men. “I personally thought a lot about this,” said Tassler, choosing her words carefully. “We have a high level of concern. How can we not? Let me speak personally first. On a very basic human level, I am concerned of course. This man is a father, he has children, he has a family.”
“You can’t look at it simplistically,” she continued. “Charlie is a professional. He comes to work, he does his job extremely well. We are taping tonight. It’s very complicated, but we have a very good relationship with Warner Bros. TV. We have tremendous trust and respect with the way they are managing the situation. On a personal level, we obviously have concern. On a professional level, he does his job and he does it well. This show is a hit. That’s all I have to say.”
Maybe if CBS lost advertisers they’d feel differently about Charlie Sheen. As it is, he only abuses hookers and whichever women are naive enough to marry him, so he’s getting a pass.
Charlie sheen is shown on 1/16/10 at a Cleveland Cavaliers and LA Clippers game. Credit: PRPhotos