BOSTON (CBS) – Television’s highest paid actor is out of a job.
Charlie Sheen‘s now legendary bouts of wild partying and bitter rants against his studio bosses have proven too much.
Warner Brothers released only a terse statement saying, “After careful consideration, Warner Brothers Television has terminated Charlie Sheen’s services on ‘Two and a Half Men’ effectively immediately.
It’s the latest chapter in the 45-year-old actor’s very public meltdown.
WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano reports.
“Two and a Half Men” was put on hiatus when Sheen briefly entered rehab in January.
Production on the rest of the season, one of the most lucrative series on television, was cancelled last month after an angry tirade against producer and co-creator Chuck Lorre, in which Sheen said, “Chaim Levine. Yeah, that’s Chuck’s real name.”
Sheen, who is paid nearly $2 million an episode, has taken his campaign viral, collecting a record number of Twitter followers and starting his own webcast “Sheen’s Korner.”
Sheen is also making it clear he’s in for a fight releasing his own statement, “This is very good news. They continue to be in breach, like so many whales.”
Now the fate of the number one comedy is unclear, and though the network has yet to say the show is cancelled, for now there’s only one and a half men left.