There’s news that abusive creep Charlie Sheen was unsuccessful in contract talks with CBS and won’t be returning to his hit sitcom Two and a Half Men. The show has been on for seven years and is consistently high in the ratings. Star Charlie is one of the highest paid actors on television. According to a source quoted by People, Charlie won’t return to tapings after next week and is off the show. He apparently didn’t accept CBS’ new contract offer and is “quietly telling his friends he’s not coming back.”
After seven seasons, CBS’s hit sitcom Two and a Half Men will be down one man after the April 9 taping, sources tell PEOPLE. The reason? “Charlie’s just done,” says a set source. “And he’s quietly telling his friends he’s not coming back.”
Although sources say the network hoped the star would sign a new contract for an eighth season, Sheen recently turned down the offer. “He wants to move on,” says a friend of the actor, whose contract is fulfilled after he tapes this season’s 22nd episode. “Leaving is 100 percent his idea.”
Sheen rep Stan Rosenfield would only say: “Charlie’s deal is only through this current season.”
I don’t watch this show, and the few times I’ve seen it I’ve found the plot predictable, the jokes stupid and the laughtrack cloying. It’s just not my kind of humor. (Community on NBC is my favorite comedy.) So I don’t particularly care if Sheen is off that show. He probably does, though, and it’s not like there are other TV shows clamoring to hire an expensive actor with anger management and image issues. All this “he’s leaving” talk could just be Charlie’s way of holding out for more cash per episode. TMZ reports that Charlie is grandstanding so that he’ll be able to up his salary from $825,000 an episode to $1.5 million an episode. He reportedly rejected a $1 million per episode offer. Supposedly neither Charlie nor CBS want to see him off the show, which has been renewed for two more seasons, up until its ninth.
Last month Sheen plead not guilty to domestic violence charges in Aspen, Colorado for an alleged Christmas day assault on his wife, Brooke Mueller. It’s rumored that Sheen’s defense strategy will involve attacking Mueller’s credibility by citing her drug addiction problem. The case won’t go to trial until July, and maybe by that point we’ll hear that Charlie has nearly doubled his massive salary. The bastard.