Charlie Sheen (right) on Two and a Half MenCharlie Sheen, whose illogical rantings have won him legions of followers on Twitter (and caused millions more to simply wonder), was fired today by the producers of his hit CBS (CBS) TV show Two and a Half Men. This is hardly a shock.

Sheen's behavior has been both odd and frightening, especially to women. Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner (TWX) finally had enough of Sheen's antics. The producers figured that the show's star -- who was reportedly paid nearly $2 million an episode --- was no longer worth the considerable trouble he created. Still, the move is a financial risk.

Broadcasting & Cable estimates that the studio would lose $80 million if it ends the show right now. It's not clear whether that's going to happen since John Stamos reportedly was in talks to join the cast.. The Hollywood Reporter recently wrote that a permanent shutdown of the sitcom "could jeopardize as much as $250 million in domestic syndication revenue for producer Warner Bros. Television and millions more in lost ad revenue for CBS."

"Dangerously Self-Destructive"

But Two and a Half Men was losing gas anyway. Other CBS sitcoms such as Mike and Molly and Big Bang Theory are flat out funnier. Plus, viewers began to realize that it wasn't clear any longer where Sheen ended and his character Charlie Harper began. As TMZ reported, Warner Bros. told Sheen's lawyers that "Your client has been engaged in dangerously self-destructive conduct and appears to be very ill."

The media now will be counting the days -- make that years -- it will take for Sheen to blow through all his money. Judging from his latest interviews, Sheen doesn't appear to be much of a saver. Also, check out the statement he gave to TMZ, which may be his nuttiest yet:
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.
Let's hope Sheen's family can get him the help he needs.

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assign11

Now that he has been dumped by his employer, maybe the media will also stop coverage of a very sick person....with that, eventually he might see the light and get professional help. With continued media coverage of his day to day personal life - he will never seek help.

March 08 2011 at 11:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cbparchitect

I can't help but feel very sorry for the rest of the cast. Very talented people, and now they sit on the edge. What about their futures, and what does it cost them? Charlie has done a lot of damage to a lot of very fine and hard working people, and he just doesn't care. His only comments about them relate to his dissapointment that they haven't come to his support in this matter......what a bunch of crap.....he really doesn't get it.....drugs can destroy your brain, and his rantings should be a lesson to all. He will continue to be "alone" in his future quest for personal gratification and will probably go the way of Michael Jackson and other self focused addicts......its a damn shame!

March 08 2011 at 11:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Helen

Even though I don't agree on how Charlie Sheen has been acting, the show will not be the same without him. No other actor can replace him no matter how good. When you think of Two and Half Men, you think Charlie Sheen as the main character. He did a great job on the show, but his behaviour is partly due to Warner Bros even agreeing to pay that kind of money to begin with. Why should actors get paid millions for one episode, he is not the first nor will Charlie be the LAST!

March 08 2011 at 11:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Sean

They get paid because the show makes money. When the actor/actress establishes themselves as the reason people tune in, the studios pay more to keep them.
Without the character, they lose viewers and ad revenue. So, to help the bottom line, they keep the actor/actress happy and so the saga continues.
Not all actors behave the way Sheen did/does. Most take the money, do the job until the series runs its course.
Now, they have the bankroll to pick the roles they want, or to pursue a different path.

March 08 2011 at 11:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
trblhnds

So when is Winning really LOSING ? Sorry Charlie. Thanks for all the laughs while they lasted. Good luck on that TWITTER thing.

March 08 2011 at 10:47 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
GOOD MORNING

Good Morning>>>>Well if Iown Warner Bros,I would have to let Charlie Sheen go to.Charlie relly need's to stop and smell the coffee..Maybe even drink plenty of it to....

March 08 2011 at 10:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
barbara catelli

Finally...enough of this man.

March 08 2011 at 10:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dmu8694519

Hallelujah !!!!! Way to go Warner Brothers. What took you soooo long?

March 08 2011 at 10:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hello Sarah!

Oh, Chuck. He's rejected our reality and replaced it with his own. Grandiose much? Delusional much? Yeah, we thought so.

March 08 2011 at 9:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jkennedy806

Jonathan Beer why is this news? especially on daily finance, until Mr. Sheen who I know has been a catalyst in keeping alcohol afloat in these tought economic times, does something like buy CBS or Warner Brothers -- it's for TMZ to report. BtW, Johnathan you could report on timely subjects like why is your co-writer Markesh V. writing about the upcoming boom in unemployment maybe he needs a room with charlie sheen and Lindsy Lohan and Mel Gibbs. Here's a new sit com it's called Celebrity Dr. featuring Drew Pinsky and Dr. Phil who try to treat celebrity clients who experience outbursts of toxic behavior. You could get Chris Brown to sponsor charlie Sheen, and we can always ask Paris Hilton to do a surprise appearance on why underwear is soo important when going out in pubic oh I mean public

March 08 2011 at 9:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
larryman123

The show is over without Charlie Sheen !

March 08 2011 at 9:10 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply