Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Say Goodbye to Charlie Sheen: Attempts Career Suicide

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Someone will work with Charlie Sheen again one day, but I doubt it will be CBS or “Two and a Half Men” creator Chuck Lorre. CBS pulled the plug yesterday on the show–quite rightly–after Sheen verbally attacked both the network and Lorre–the latter with an anti-Semitic rant. Is Sheen on drugs? Has he lost his mind? Really, who cares anymore? He’s out. He issued a statement and here it is:

“What does this say about Haim Levine [Chuck Lorre] after he tried to use his words to judge and attempt to degrade me. I gracefully ignored this folly for 177 shows … I fire back once and this contaminated little maggot can’t handle my power and can’t handle the truth. I wish him nothing but pain in his silly travels especially if they wind up in my octagon. Clearly I have defeated this earthworm with my words — imagine what I would have done with my fire breathing fists. I urge all my beautiful and loyal fans who embraced this show for almost a decade to walk with me side-by-side as we march up the steps of justice to right this unconscionable wrong.
 
Remember these are my people … not yours…we will continue on together…
 
Charlie Sheen”

In a single afternoon–with his beleagurered pubicist Stan Rosenfield unaware and trapped on a plane flying from LA to New York, Sheen brought down a whole show. Three hundred people or so are now out of work thanks to him, including co-star Jon Cryer. Sheen should be proud of himself now. CBS will go on just fine without “Two and A Half Men.” Sheen walks away with millions and millions. The cast and crew and families are imperiled, however. Sbeen will not pay for that, at least financially. But what crew would ever want to work with him again?

There are more rants, mostly from a Sheen call in to Alex Jones’s nutty radio show. He also attacks President Obama on conspiracy theories about the World Trade Center and 9-11. On all these, Sheen is starting to exhibit Mel Gibson type behavior; he almost needs Ricky Gervais to live in his house. But Sheen is so completely off his rocker, telling Jones about “the goddesses”–no more marriage for him. He also rants against his most recent ex wife Brooke Mueller because she presumably play ball with this latest iteration of his craziness.

Jones told Sheen on the radio: “I’ve never seen you so energized.”

Uh huh.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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