"After careful consideration, Warner Bros. Television has terminated Charlie Sheen's services on Two and a Half Men effective immediately," Warner Bros. says in a statement.
His firing places the future of the hit CBS sitcom in doubt. The network declined to comment, but one source close to the show says, "no decision has been made" about whether to continue with a new lead or to cancel it all together.
Sheen reacted by calling his firing "very good news" and ripping his boss, co-creator Chuck Lorre, with a colorful expletive.
"They continue to be in breach, like so many whales," the actor says in a statement. "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 [expletive] again and I never have to put on those silly shirts for as long as this warlock exists in the terrestrial dimension."
Two and a Half Men, which costars Jon Cryer, went on hiatus after Sheen, 45, started lambasting Lorre in a string of bizarre interviews.
Firing Called "Absurd and Ridiculous""We feel their termination of Charlie Sheen is absurd and ridiculous," says the actor's lawyer, Marty Singer, who sees a double standard in the way producers responded to Sheen's 2010 domestic violence case and his behavior in the last few weeks.
"The fact is, during Mr. Sheen's recent criminal case in Aspen, Colo., the studio was willing to have him plead to a felony and still take him back while charges were pending against him," says Singer. "Yet in this case, all my client did was make alleged disparaging remarks about Chuck Lorre. We feel this is nothing more than Lorre flexing his muscles and we intend to respond accordingly."
Lorre had no comment.
Last year, Sheen returned to the Two and a Half Men set after pleading not guilty to a felony menacing charge as a result of a fight with wife Brooke Mueller. He later reached a deal pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault and undergoing 30 days of rehab.
Additional Reporting by CYNTHIA WANG, ELIZABETH LEONARD and KEN LEE
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