About two weeks ago, TMZ reported that Charlie Sheen had not yet reached a deal with CBS’ parent company, Warner Brothers, to return to his hit show Two and a Half Men. They claimed that Charlie first asked for a whopping $1.5 million, and that WB had “only” offered $1 million. Two and a Half Men has consistently been in the top 20 shows on television since it premiered in 2004, with a peak at #10 in the 2008-2009 season. CBS isn’t about to nix it because their star is an abusive drug addicted philandering creep in the process of divorcing his third wife.
TMZ predicted that Charlie and the network would reach a deal right before the fall season was announced on May 19. It’s May 18, and they were right. We have news that Charlie is back for two seasons. As for how much he’s receiving an episode, it’s thought to be north of the $1 million figure that was originally offered, but TMZ is vague on the actual amount. (Note: TMZ claims that Charlie initially asked for $2 million an episode. That could be true, but they reported on May 3 that he wanted $1.5. Either amount is still a fortune.)
TMZ has learned Charlie Sheen has agreed to a new deal with Warner Bros. to do 2 more years of “Two and a Half Men.”
The deal was made today. One source connected with the negotiations tells TMZ, “Charlie is very happy.”
As for how much Charlie got, TMZ first reported Charlie wanted around $2 million an episode. We’re told Warner Bros. initially offered substantially less than half that amount, but we’re told the company went up considerably.
CBS will announce the return of the show at the upfronts on Wednesday.
UPDATE: Charlie Sheen just released this statement: “To put a fitting end on the two-and-one-half months of whirlwind speculation, I’m looking forward to returning to my CBS home on Monday nights. I want to thank Les Moonves for his support.”
Charlie won’t need all of that money to settle his divorce with Brooke Mueller. He reportedly has a strict prenup that entails that Brooke gets a fixed amount, $300,000, for every year of marriage, plus a $500,000 marriage signing bonus and her share in the family home. Don’t cry for Brooke’s relatively paltry take from Sheen’s earnings, though. She stands to make upwards of six figures a month in child support for the couples’ two children, twin boys Bob and Max, 14 months. Charlie and Brooke’s reps deny that their clients have already reached a divorce settlement and claim they’re trying to work it out. Now that Charlie has signed a deal for Two and a Half Men, they can drop that facade and move forward with the divorce. Charlie now has more than enough money to blow on hookers and watches.