Sheen’s Officially Fired from ‘Men’
"After careful consideration, Warner Bros. Television has terminated Charlie Sheen's services on 'Two and a Half Men' effective immediately," the company, which produces the show, said in a statement.
But it may not be the end of the series: Warner Bros. spokesman Paul McGuire said "no decision has been made regarding the future of the show."
The decision was reached based on Sheen's actions after the show's cancellation for the remainder of the season, an individual close to the show told TheWrap.
Since the cancellation, Sheen has been on a media tear, bringing phrases like "winning," "Vatican assassins," and "tiger blood" into the lexicon while raising questions, at times, about his own grip on reality. Just Friday, he called into a Philadelphia radio station to say he believed a deal was close for him to return to the show.
Something was indeed in the works. But not his return. TMZ posted a statement Monday in which Sheen embraced his firing.
"This is very good news," he said. "They continue to be in breach, like so many whales. It is a big day of gladness at the Sober Valley Lodge because now I can take all of the bazillions, never have to look at whatshiscock again and I never have to put on those silly shirts for as long as this warlock exists in the terrestrial dimension."
The show went on hiatus Jan. 28 when Sheen announced he was starting rehab. It was scheduled to begin shooting Feb. 28, but canceled for the remainder of the season when Sheen ripped creator Chuck Lorre in a radio tirade.
Sheen's firing almost certainly will lead to an epic legal fight with his former employers. Last Monday, the actor's attorney demanded that he be paid for the eight canceled episodes -- worth about $16 million to Sheen, who until his firing was TV's highest-paid actor.
It also raises questions about whether the show can go on without him.
Warner Bros. and CBS have long tolerated Sheen's misbehavior -- including drug and alcohol benders, partying with porn stars and pleading guilty to misdemeanor third-degree assault on his soon-to-be ex-wife, Brooke Mueller -- because of the show's value.
It is on track to become a billion-dollar asset for Warner Bros., and is the highest-rated sitcom on television.