Finally, CBS and Warner Brothers Television have done the inevitable and inescapable — fired Charlie Sheen off of "Two and a Half Men." Here's the statement:
After careful consideration, Warner Bros. Television has terminated Charlie Sheen’s services on "Two and a Half Men" effective immediately.
A surprise? Not if you watched Sheen's off-the-rails webcast Sunday night on UStream; it was a shocking — seriously — expletive-filled delusional trainwreck.
CBS, Warner Bros., and anyone else watching, had to know that a decision had to be made, and quickly. This gives the network time before the upfronts to determine whether it will go forward with the series — TV's highest-rated sitcom — or simply pull the plug.
WB, by the way, just said: "No decision has been made on the future of the show."
TMZ — the All Things Relating to All Charlie All the Time site — has just posted what it says are exerpts from the termination letter from WB to Sheen's attorney. It reads:
"There is ample evidence supporting Warner Bros. reasonable good faith opinion that Mr. Sheen has committed felony offenses involving moral turpitude (including but not limited to furnishing of cocaine to others as part of the self-destructive lifestyle he has described publicly) that have 'interfere[d] with his ability to fully and completely render all material services required' under the agreement."
Meanwhile, Sheen released this, ummm, statement:
"This is very good news. They continue to be in breach, like so many whales. It is a big day of gladness at the Sober Valley Lodge because now I can take all of the bazillions, never have to look at —— again and I never have to put on those silly shirts for as long as this warlock exists in the terrestrial dimension."
And in slighly more measured tones, Sheen attorney Marty Singer tells the Hollywood Reporter:
“We will sue. It’s a matter of when. It could be this week, it could be in a little while. We’re in no rush. But we will sue.”