It’s official: The TV comedy “Two-and-a-Half Men” has lost one part of its equation. Warner Brothers has fired Charlie Sheen after weeks of heated back-and-forth between the actor and the studio.
The very public fight between Sheen, the show’s producer and CBS escalated in recent days as published reports indicated that high-powered lawyers were preparing to handle the actor’s relationship to the hit TV sitcom.
Last month, Warner Brothers suspended production in response to Sheen’s tirades against “Two-and-a-Half Men” creator Chuck Lorre on various radio and TV talk shows and social media platforms. Warner Brothers, owner of the comedy, pledged to keep paying its production staff when it shut down the show before its final eight episodes of the season.
Various commentators had noted that studio and network executives had not reprimanded Sheen for several alleged incidents of violence against his current and former wives and other female companions.
The 45-year-old actor, who’s experienced problems with substance abuse, commanded close to $2 million an episode. The production company and the TV network have not indicated whether “Two-and-a-Half Men” will continue after eight seasons on the air.