Charlie Sheen on 'Two and a Half Men': 'If tonight is the end...so be it'

charlie-sheenImage Credit: Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotosWhile still leaving the door open for an 11th hour negotiation ploy, Charlie Sheen issued a statement to People saying that if tonight’s taping of Two and A Half Men “is the end for me as Charlie Harper, so be it.” “Another journey has begun,” he continued. “I take from the experience 161 shows filled with a kaleidoscope of amazing experiences, memories, friendships and gratitude. I remain humbly inspired.”

The seven-year-old sitcom is set to tape its final episode of the season tonight on the Warner Bros. TV lot. It also marks the end of Sheen’s multi-year contract that has paid him a reported $800,000-plus per episode, which made him the highest paid actor in primetime. A cloud of uncertainty has enveloped the sitcom’s future when Sheen reportedly told friends last week that he hoped this year would be his last. “Much speculation and rumor has arisen from my current status surrounding Two and a Half Men,” Sheen said in his statement. “All of the numbers reported in the press are false. Claims from ‘inside sources’ regarding offers from the studio as well as my salary, on their best day, are without merit. Approaching the start of the current season and as far back as June ‘09, I submitted my terms for season eight to Warner Bros. and CBS respectfully.

“Both parties have known the score for over a year,” he continued. “In no way, has this been a hasty or negligent eleventh hour surprise. I offer this information out of love and respect to my crew, my on-set family, my writers, executive staff, as well as my real family, my dear friends and my loyal fans. We tape the final episode of the season this evening.”

Sheen’s publicist Stan Rosenfield said the actor was not attempting to wrangle more money out of Warner Bros. TV. “A negotiation ploy is something you do to get the best possible deal. Charlie told them what he wanted a year ago.”

It seems unlikely that CBS would want to continue the comedy without its popular star. Some insiders believe there’s still a chance Sheen may agree to an abbreviated schedule so Warner Bros. TV can fulfill its contract with CBS (the network already signed on the bottom line for two more seasons of the show, which is still primetime’s most-watched comedy). It wouldn’t be unprecedented for the sitcom to carry on without Sheen. Back in 1982, the final season of Laverne & Shirley aired without co-star Cindy Williams, albeit to pitiful results.

For more on Charlie Sheen’s status on Two and a Half Men:
Charlie Sheen wants out of Two and a Half Men
Two and a Half Men without Charlie Sheen: Would you watch?

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  • Emma

    Sorry, I’m not buying it.

    • Cocaine

      I’m just glad that my main man is gonna be back to hanging with me full time! My god, have I missed being in his sinus cavities. You know who’s doing me right now? Charlie f-ing Sheen!

      • Cocaine

        Hey qwerasd, you know what makes adult relations with a man 8 years your senior even better? Me! Go down to the corner, talk to Hernandez, and get yourself a nice fat sack of me! I’ll be seeing you soon, from the inside out!

      • Benjamin Button

        qwerasd is my ex girlfriend. She dumped me because I was getting younger and she likes men with some wrinkles on their boy bags.

      • Brandon

        Cocaine, you’re hilarious. We should hang out this weekend.

      • Ann

        Your wrong, Cocaine!! Charlie effing Sheen needs to work in order to date you! You are too expensive and Sheen needs good health benefits and whole lot of money to maintain a relationship with you!

  • Jack M

    I love the show, but $800,000 per episode? Nobody’s worth that much. Still I will miss Men if it goes off the air. A great cast all around.

    • Charlie

      That’s cheap compared to what the cast of Friends was getting.

      • graeme

        Friends had way bigger ratings than this show.

      • D’s Advocate

        @graeme: Yeah, Friends had higher ratings, but overall network viewing was a lot higher during its run as compared to today. And you also have to consider the simple fact that paying *six* cast members $1 million an episode did not pay off proportionately to paying *one* actor 800,000, at least as far as ratings go.

      • Dylan

        @D’s Advocate: Okay, then this: “Friends” wasn’t horrendously unfunny television.

      • D’s Advocate

        @Dylan: I personally can’t argue with you on that point :) But to be fair, apparently millions of other people do in fact enjoy the show, so as far as Sheen being worth the money (which IS what I was intending to talk about), our shared tastes don’t enter in to it.

      • Ann

        What I don’t get about celebs asking price is: when is enough, enough?? $800K for 24 episodes is a grand total of $19.2 million dollars in one season!! Why isn’t that enough!?!?! I’m not saying Sheen’s presence is expendable; however, T&AHM isn’t will not survive without him and it is selfish for Sheen to back out of a show with people who make SO much less than he does.

    • At least not for the first four years Dylan . . .

      It started to show signs of age right around the time Ross said the wrong name at his wedding. After that it just got progressively worse as it wore on. And on. And on.

  • Nerwen Aldarion

    LOL he’s the highest paying actor in prime time but that’s still not enough! Why do people watch this show again?

    • Ann

      Luckily, I don’t watch it, but I’m a huge fan of its creator Chuck Lorre. Lorre is one of the most unpretentious heads in Hollywood, which often gets him into trouble. But I do watch The Big Bang Theory and hope Jim Parsons doesn’t pull a Sheen on me. Yeah.. I agree with you though..$19.2 million (yes people, it is about the money) should be enough.

  • robinepowell

    It won’t be the same without him. If you’re the star of the show and they replace you, the show bombs.

    • Ann

      My point exactly. So why would Sheen be responsible for putting other out of work? Is it really because 19.2 million dollars a season isn’t good enough. Whatever happen to being part of a team? I get it: the show is great with Charlie – blah blah blah… but what about the writers who actually created Sheen’s character? Or the staff that puts in hours week in and week out to make everything about T&AHM work? Sheen probably makes more than all the staff on T&AHM combined!

  • Jay

    Every time I hear about how this show is “primetime’s most-watched comedy” I die a little inside.

    Who are these brainless saps that watch this dribble?

    • Brandon Rice

      Alright Jay. Please inform us. What shows does a super genius like yourself choose to watch?

      • Jay

        Fox News, mostly. But I also respect South Park for its satirical edge and subversive wit that combine to dutifully skewer the most ridiculous aspects of our society at large. The Cleveland Show is also one of my favorites. Please inform us, Brandon, of your preferred viewing pleasures.

    • melanie

      Jay, I am right there with you. I tried to watch it but the canned laughter and hollow jokes are just terrible. I suppose the same people that watch this show also watch Leno…just a theory.

    • Faux News

      Fox News???!!

      The worst joke of a comedy on TV!

      • millsy

        Fox is the best comedy show ever!
        Those goons sure know how to make me laugh.
        I love clowns and they employ some of the best I have ever seen.

    • wolverine

      I’ll admit it. I watch it. But I’m not sure why…I mean, it’s not even that funny. Certainly not the same caliber as the other sitcoms I truly love like HIMYM, BBT, and Modern Family. If it were cancelled, I have to say, I really wouldn’t miss it.

  • Momo

    I feel so bad for those minimum-paid workers and crew members on the set just waiting and waiting to hear what’s to come in their near future. If I were working there I would be so angry at the studeo and Sheen for playing this game. I would want to know the fate of the show now so that if it was ending, I’d have time to look elsewhere.

    • Benjamin Button

      Heep you bellyaching to yourself Momo. Its Hollywood… that’s the life they chose.

      • Momo

        I don’t realy know how to heep my belly. It’s sorta’ stuck to me.

      • Ann

        I agree with Momo because every star of a business or organization, who has a lot of control like Sheen does, can either support the team or think of himself. Sheen is clearly thinking of himself. Sheen’s private matters even cost the staff and crew of T&AHM two episodes this season. I would like to see Benjamin Button hanging on someone else’s actions on whether or not he’ll have a job this year.

    • Benjamin’s Brother

      Maybe that’s why you’re so angry at the studeo, Momo.

  • M

    His comments don’t even make sense. First he says he wants off the show, then he says he told them a year ago what terms he wanted to come back for an 8th season. Well either you want to come back next year or you don’t. This is totally a negotiations ploy.

    • Charlie

      Didn’t you read what he just said in this article? All that stuff that came out last week wasn’t true. He never said he wants off the show!! It was all crap. Sheesh!

      • Ann

        Sheen probably had to clear the air because the staff and crew were probably giving him sh-t about it. I’m sure all that talk last week was true but ultimately makes Sheen look and feel bad, especially at work.

  • Kent

    I like Charlie, and I like the show. I wish him luck no matter what he does. Remember when the cast of “Friends” each made a million dollars an episode? Charlie deserves his share too.

    • Nerwen Aldarion

      Yes but Friends was a good show

      • Marie

        Well, that’s debatable. It was good in the first 2.5 seasons then it became a boring mess.

      • Momo

        Agree with Marie. The early years of Friends was great…then it turned into a sacchrine mess. Although I still found it a lot better than Three and a Half Men.

      • MSR

        Couldn’t have said it better myself!

      • Nerwen Aldarion

        Oh no season 5 was great! It had the episode “The One with All of the Thanksgivings” Don’t forget “The One With the Routine” or “The One Where Everyone Finds Out”

      • Yes friends was a good show . . .

        That went on way, way, way, way, *Way* too long.

      • Bebe

        The first season of Friends was really mediocre and generically sitcommy. It actually got BETTER with each season until about the fourth or fifth season.

  • DW

    The world is not kind enough to rid us of Two and a Half Men this easily, so I’m sure some sort of negotiation will be worked out.

    • Dav

      Sadly, you are correct. I refuse to get my hopes up as they will probably be dashed by the announcement that CBS has dumped a truck load of money in his lap and renewed his contract for 5 more years! *shudder*

  • brynna

    CBS is not going to let this happen. He’ll be back, maybe for less episodes, but they’ll get him back for at least one last season.

  • jwj

    Jeez-if he’s been getting $800K since the beginning, which I realize isn’t likely, he’s cleared better than $120M. Wow, even if it’s not that much, making over $100M in 7 years for a TV show ain’t too bad.

  • Redvector

    A reduced schedule means he’ll work less but still get paid the same.

  • Dustin

    Dukes Of Hazzard(so awful they never recovered), Scrubs(cancelled), That 70’s Show(cancelled), Spin City(survived 2 seasons before cancel) and MASH(after MASH…shiver) also went on without their main star….and look how awesome they turned out!

    • Charlie

      MASH never went on without a main star. The whole cast was integral to the show. There was no one main star on the show.

    • JS

      AfterMASH was much more a sequel than a continuation of the original show, so it doesn’t belong here, but Dustin’s point is valid – 2 1/2 Men without Charlie Sheen would have no chance at surviving. The show was built as a vehicle for his character, and everyone else just suports that structure.

  • The Truth

    Meh, if he truly is the highest paid actor in primtime tv then he does not have a leg to stand on to ask for more. Especially for a 30 minute sitcom with an ensemble cast. Let him walk, I bet they can find another person to fill in while he tries to get another gig at that salary, fails, and asks to come back. Just need a place holder for a half a season.

  • PAT

    It’s a shame when one person on the show holds so much power that he can cripple so many supporting member’s of the show. Look at Conan O’Brian, 200 writer’s lost their jobs over 5 minutes. The show would not last without the star and Warner Brother’s should not promise anybody so many episodes unless it has all the important cast member’s under contract for at least to what is promised. So this show will go down in flames with Charlie being greedy as can be and CBS promising something that it could not deliver. Co-stars out of work, supporting cast out of work, writers out of work, set designers out of work and one greedy actor out of work. I hope somehow this would change so I will keep my fingers crossed. Studios need to remember actors that do this stuff to them and get the little black book and add another name to it, you know the one that doesn’t exist.

    • Charlie

      ANOTHER ONE who can’t read and comprehend. He is not asking for more money!! Can’t you read???? His contract is up. He doesn’t know if he wants to resign (I have a feeling it has something to do with the mess he is because of his drunk/drug addict wife). He’s not going to walk from this show – trust me. At least he’ll sign for one more season.

      • Momo

        You are right; he in no way ever states that he wants more money. But the publicity of it all, despite his protests, still has me and many others skeptical of his real intentions. Call girls are expensive, you know.

      • Dav

        Oh my god Charlie! Did you just discover television or something? This is the oldest negotiating ploy in the book. He doesn’t HAVE to ask for money. He just says he’s tired and doesn’t want to re-sign. The studio will panic and beg him to sign another contract and throw a bunch of money at him. The idea is he won’t look like a jerk by asking for more money. (to bad that everyone is wise to this tactic.)

      • JS

        Dav, you are obviously correct, but I read Sheen as honestly not caring about whether the show continues or not. If he gets what he wants, he’ll do it, but if he doesn’t, he has enough money to live very comfortably for the rest of his life. It’s the oldest tactic in the book – but it only works for those who legitimately don’t care.

      • Ann

        OMG! It is [so] about the money. And sheen stated that he made specific request regarding his return last summer – before he was arrested last December. Sheen doesn’t have to say it’s about the money, and to anyone with any common sense knows Sheen’s actions are very clear. And by the way, Pat, Conan did nothing wrong in the matter with NBC. It was one of those open and shut, black and white, cut and dry, scenarios. NBC wanted Leno back and were willing to make changes on an age-old time frame for comedy. If Leno’s variety show comes on at 11:35 instead of 10pm, it is basically saying to it’s public that Leno is who they want not Conan. Moreover, Conan fought hard to get his staff the proper severance from NBC. Something I don’t think Sheen will be doing once T&AHM is canceled when Sheen decides not to return.

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