CBS Shuts Down 'Two and a Half Men' for Season Over Charlie Sheen's Behavior

Published February 24, 2011

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LOS ANGELES -- Charlie Sheen's hit TV show "Two and a Half Men" will not film any more episodes this season, with CBS and Warner Bros. Thursday blaming the star's behavior and comments for the shutdown.

"Based on the totality of Charlie Sheen's statements, conduct and condition, CBS and Warner Bros. Television have decided to discontinue production of 'Two and a Half Men' for the remainder of the season," CBS and Warner Bros. said in a statement.

Earlier Thursday, Sheen attacked "Two and a Half Men" creator Chuck Lorre on radio, after calling in as a guest on a syndicated show hosted by Alex Jones, and in an interview with TMZ.

In both instances, Sheen ranted about executive producer Lorre -- referring to him as Chaim Levine, which is Lorre's real name -- calling him a "clown" and a "charlatan."

Sheen also said he was solely responsible for the success of "Two and a Half Men," saying he had turned the "tin can" of a show into "pure gold."

"I violently hate Chaim Levine," Sheen told TMZ. "He's a stupid, stupid little man and a p*ssy punk that I'd never want to be like. That's me being polite.

"All these guys told me to 'clean it up.' Well this is me cleaning it the f*ck up. All I want is to bring my family together, and I have to deal with all this B.S. politics."

The hit CBS comedy had been on hiatus while Sheen, 45, underwent a rehab program at his Los Angeles home.

His treatment began after he was hospitalized Jan. 27, suffering from "severe abdominal pains" after a reported 36-hour cocaine bender in the company of several porn actresses.

The show had been due to return to production on Feb. 28 with another four shows to be filmed before the season wrapped.

Sheen, 45, earns $1.25 million an episode for the sitcom, and had offered to contribute to the salaries of the crew during the hiatus.

"That piece of sh*t [Lorre] took money out of my pocket, my family's pocket, and, most importantly, my second family -- my crew's pocket," Sheen added during his rant to TMZ Thursday. "You can tell him [Lorre] one thing. I own him."

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