In what has been a wild few weeks of statement vs. statement with Charlie Sheen and CBS, the network took a final step today by officially firing Sheen from 'Two and a Half Men'. In a statement, CBS says:
“After careful consideration, Warner Bros. Television has terminated Charlie Sheen’s services on Two and a Half Men effective immediately.”
What would a statement from CBS be without a counter statement from Charlie. He said to TMZ:
"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 their bazillions, never have to look at whatshiscock again and I never have to put on those silly shirts for as long as this warlock exists in the terrestrial dimension."
In regards to the statement from CBS, it does not have any mention of the show being killed as well. There is still one year left on CBS' current order, which means that there is potential for the show to go for one more season. The next big question is will they bring in another actor to replace Charlie? So many things are possible right now. Another actor could come in as the wacky uncle/neighbor/long lost brother/homeless guy. They could try just writing him off and continue with the current cast. Or (long shot) everyone could reconcile and Sheen could be re-hired.
That sounded crazy to me even as I wrote it.
To the best of our knowledge, only two shows continued a long, successful run after one the stars left. Cheers (when Shelly Long left) and NYPD Blue (when David Caruso left). Can you think of any others?
What say you?