"Anger Management" star Charlie Sheen reportedly is directing his anger toward co-star Selma Blair and is attempting to have her fired from the FX sitcom.
E! News said Monday it had confirmed a report first published at TMZ.com that the two stars were engaged in a behind-the-scenes battle.
On the show, loosely based on the same-name 2003 movie starring Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler, Sheen plays Charlie Goodson, a former minor league ballplayer turned anger-management therapist. Blair plays his therapist, friend and occasional romantic partner, Dr. Kate Wales.
As TMZ described it, Blair had complained to the show's producers that she felt Sheen was consistently late and displayed a poor work ethic. The site said that when Sheen learned of her grievances, he felt they were unjustified and noted that he was responsible for learning 40 pages of dialogue per episode as opposed to Blair's two.
He then reportedly fired the actress, though it was unclear whether he has the authority to do so. His company, Estevez/Sheen Productions, is only one of the entities with an interest in the show, which is produced by Lionsgate Television.
Regardless, Sheen also told producers that if Blair returned to the set he would refuse to work, TMZ said.
An FX spokesman referred a Newsday request for comment to the show's publicist, who said she would be in contact as soon as she had information.
Blair's representatives did not respond to TMZ's requests for comment.