NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — What’s the deal with Charlie Sheen?
That what many asking after his bizarre radio rant on Thursday led to the suspension of his popular CBS show and more venom on Friday when he took the airwaves yet again, ratcheting up the rhetoric and rancor in the wake of the suspension of “Two and a Half Men,” reports CBS 2’s Scott Rapoport.
“We are at war, and there are ways to deal with these clowns and take all their money,” Sheen said on The Pat O’Brien Show on Friday.
That outburst came after Thursday’s monumental meltdown.
“I’m tired of being told you can’t talk about this you can’t talk about that bull-[expletive],” Sheen said on another radio program.
It was Sheen arguably performing career suicide on the radio, a bizarre rant that’s led to the cancellation of his cash cow comedy show for the remainder of this season, and serious questions about the actor’s stability and well being.
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Sheen said recently when asked if he’s sober, “100 percent. You know, here’s your first pee test. Next one goes in your mouth. No, you won’t get high.”
It started with Sheen angrily going after “Two and a Half Men) creator Chuck Lorre, referring to him as “Chaim” — the Hebrew equivalent of Lorre’s first name, which some saw as anti-Semitic.
“Last I checked, Chaim, I’ve spent the last decade, I don’t know, 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,” Sheen said Thursday.
Ken Jacobson is with the Anti-Defamation League in New York City.
“It seems to me clearly he was saying I dislike this person because he is a Jew as well as everything else. And that’s a message of anti-Semitism and should be completely unacceptable,” Jacobson told Rapoport.
Within hours CBS fired back, announcing it was shutting down the show for the rest of the season, saying in a statement: “Based on the totality of Charlie Sheen’s statements, conduct and condition, CBS and Warner Brothers television have decided to discontinue production of Two and a Half Men for the remainder of the season.”
Sheen reportedly said he plans to show up for work next week anyway.
For the Hollywood bad boy it is just the latest in a long list of troubling tales.
There was the October trashing of a hotel room at The Plaza, and more recently a 36-hour party at his home, after which Sheen was hospitalized and agreed to go to rehab.
But on Thursday Sheen denied being an addict and referred to Alcoholics Anonymous as a cult for sissies.
“I have a disease? [Expletive]. I cured it with my brain, with my mind. I’m cured. I’m done,” Sheen said.
Deni Carise is an addiction specialist at Phoenix House in NYC and said Sheen has a serious problem.
“He’s in denial about his addiction,” Carise said. “What I hear is someone that is incredibly angry that does not want to face the problems that his drinking and drug use have caused.”
What is known for sure is Sheen’s career is teetering on the brink.
In Sheen’s radio interview with Pat O’Brien he once again reiterated his claim that he’s clean and sober.
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