Reuters has an interesting story about current contract negotiations between Charlie Sheen and the producers of CBS’ hit comedy ‘Two and A Half Men’. Sheen apparently doesn’t care if he returns to the show or not.
The issues actually started in December, 2009, when Sheen, 44, was charged with felony domestic assault in Colordo against his wife, Brooke Mueller. Sheen and Mueller both subsequently entered rahab programs for undisclosed issues.
In light of Sheen’s rehab, CBS announced just two weeks ago that the seventh season tapings would wrap up early, giving viewers only 22 shows this season instead of the planned 24. The seventh season also happens to be Sheen’s last contracted season.
Reports had Sheen, an often Emmy nominated actor supposedly making $825,000 per episode, demanding a raise to a cool $1 million per episode. Those same reports had Sheen prepared to leave the show behind if his demands were not met.
Friday, April 9, Sheen issued a statement as to all of the reports on the show’s future and his role therein:
“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,” the statement reads.
With the last show of the season being taped on Friday, April 9, the statement included this indication of Sheen’s attitude towards an eighth season:
“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.”
Sheen certainly should be grateful. The show has been a resurrection of his troubled career. He got paid a lot of money to basically be himself in front of an audience. Now it appears he’s ready to walk away from a still-top 20 rated show, the people he works with and us the fans.
Ok, Charlie, if this is it for Charlie Harper, so be it.