Yup, in a few hours, Charlie Sheen films what will/could/maybe-be the last episode of his long and lucrative run in "Two and a Half Men." But if you haven't yet seen, it's worth reading this long statement he released to People magazine a short while ago.

  The line "if tonight's show is the end" obvioulsy leaves open the possibility that it will NOT be the end. Some critics describe this sort of language as weasel-speak; I suspect he's just leaving his options open.

  People Mag has been Sheen's leakee of choice, and a couple of weeks ago, indicated to it via "friends" that tonight was absolutely the end of the line. It seems to me that this statement simply says that all the speculation about his reasons for leaving is rubbish...

 In fact, this statement, if one chooses to read between the lines, might even indicate that he'll be back next year, assuming legal problems don't dictate otherwise.

 


"Much speculation and rumor has arisen from my current status surrounding
Two and a Half Men,” 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. 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.
“If tonight’s show is the end for me as Charlie Harper, so be it. Another
journey has begun. I take from the experience 161 shows filled with a
kaleidoscope of amazing experiences, memories, friendships and gratitude.
I remain humbly inspired. – C. Sheen”

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