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The TV season was interrupted for “Two and a Half Men” after Sheen was briefly hospitalized last month following a 911 call in which he was described as “very, very intoxicated” and in pain. Production was put on hold while Sheen tried rehab, reportedly at home, but also railed against the hiatus as unneeded.
He signed a new two-year contract at the end of last season that reportedly pays him about $1.8 million per episode.
Plans were set for taping to resume next week. Then came the Jones radio interview and the attack on Lorre that reeked of anti-Semitism.
“There’s something this side of deplorable that a certain Chaim Levine _ yeah, that’s Chuck’s real name _ mistook this rock star for his own selfish exit strategy, bro. Check it, Alex: I embarrassed him in front of his children and the world by healing at a pace that his unevolved mind cannot process,” Sheen told Jones.
“Last I checked, Chaim, I spent close to the last decade effortlessly and magically converting your tin cans into pure gold. And the gratitude I get is this charlatan chose not to do his job, which is to write,” he said.
Lorre, who was born Charles Levine, is a veteran producer whose hits include “The Big Bang Theory,” “Dharma & Greg” and “Cybill.” He had no comment on Sheen’s remarks or the production shut down, a spokeswoman said Thursday.
Speaking of himself, the star of the films “Platoon,” “Wall Street” and “Major League” said he has “magic and poetry in my fingertips, most of the time.”
But he also made repeated, unclear references to mayhem. At one point, Sheen called himself the new sheriff in town who has an “army of assassins.”
“If you love with violence and you hate with violence, there’s nothing that can be questioned,” he said.
When CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler was asked about Sheen at a news conference in January, she said, “We have a high level of concern. How can we not?” she said.
When a reporter suggested a person in a different line of work and a similar track record would be fired, Tassler replied: “What do you get fired for? Going to work and doing your job?”
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