CBS CEO Moonves Fires Back At Sheen

Says Ending 'Two and a Half Men' Saves Money For Network

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s now Charlie Sheen versus CBS.

On Tuesday he launched a war of words against the network that aired his hit TV sitcom — and the network is firing back, reports CBS 2’s Don Dahler.

As this season’s episodes of “Two and a Half Men” wind down, Sheen continues to wind up his grudge against CBS.

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And for the second day, he’s taking that fight to any show that will give him airtime.

“I’m going to keep pressing the truth. And the truth is going to flush everybody out into the light and we’re going to have an open dialogue about it,” Sheen said Tuesday on the Today Show.

With the exception of CBS, Sheen has thrown verbal punches at his employer on networks, radio, even the internet.

“I’m grandiose. I have a grandiose life and they’re like, oooh that’s not what we expected,” Sheen told

“Basically they strapped on a diaper and so they’re in breach. They’re in radical breach. And sorry guys, you screwed up,” Sheen added.

On Tuesday, CBS CEO Les Moonves fired back.

“Sheen is on the air quite a bit these days. I wish he would have worked this hard to promote himself for an Emmy,” Moonves said.

Sheen told CNN’s Piers Morgan he’d like to return to the show — but on his terms.

“We all know where we stand right now so it can’t be, hey good to see you again. Not,” Sheen said Monday night.

“I would have to play ball on some front, but I don’t feel like they still have a right to interfere in my personal life.”

The highly rated “Two and a Half Men” is a big money-maker for the network, but the highest-paid star on television may have worn out his welcome.

“Going down the road, I honestly — and I’m not going to comment a lot on it — I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Moonves said.

Moonves also said stopping production on the show will save the network money.

“Short-term, financially, it is actually a gainer for us,” he said.

Sheen’s admitted drug use and wild parties attracted tabloid attention.

“I am on a drug. It’s called ‘Charlie Sheen,’” the star said Monday.

But it was his harsh criticism of the network, the show’s producer, Chuck Lorre, and his bizarre rants that got him in hot water.

“What I didn’t know was going to happen was this epiphanous sort of reenergized awakening with a whole new set of powers,” Sheen said.

On Tuesday, his long-time publicist quit over his behavior. Even his father, Martin Sheen, said his son’s drug use was like a cancer in his life.

“Dude, relax. You’re so dramatic. He’s entitled to that. I don’t support it, sorry,” Charlie Sheen said in response.

So as Charlie Sheen continues to wage verbal war in the media against the corporation that was paying him $1.8 million an episode, fans of “Two and a Half Men” await word on the future of the show.

Getting tired of this? Please tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • Diana

    I applaud CBS for finally canceling Two and a Half Men. Charlie Sheen is not what television should support. Perhaps we should ship Charlie Sheen ramping and raving off to Libya to join with one other nut!,Moammar Gadhafi.

  • Bernie

    Charlie Sheen is a very rich, self indulged dope addict. He will never change so accept him for what he is or forget him. And, every person that made him this rich and famous is jewish therefore, I don’t think he is really anti-semitic. He does have the right to be anti-semitic and everybody else has the right to be anti Christian bible thumpers so let everybody do their own thing.

  • TheWatcher

    I don’t like Sheen OR his stupid show. I wish they’d both just go away.

  • john

    If you want to do drugs do drugs. If you want to be sober be sober. If you want to spen your money on this rather than that then do it. If you live to be over 100 thats ok, if you die tomorrow that is fine too. If you want to work 40 hours a week, save money every month, retire at 65, have 2 kids, buy a house do it. If you want to live each day like its your last do it. If you dont go to a doctor atleast once a year for a checkup thats ok. Just do what you want to do and live your life. There is no right or wrong, do not let anyone tell you how to live your life, who are they to decide for you? Do what you do and be who you are that is what matters, some people will get this others some never will, it will never end until it does.

    • m jones

      well put

      • lincar4000

        I absolutely agree with you. We are in charge of our own life. No harm no foul.
        I’ve seen a few episodes of his show but I gotta tell you, when he comes back (which he will) I will definitely watch the show.

  • WOW

    Charlie Sheen is NUTS!!! The drugs have really fried his brains!

    • john

      maybe it is being sober that brings out his true emotions and feelings. He might have just rolled with the punches when he was self medicating but now what else does he have to do except feel powerful emotions he once dealt with by drinking or smoking something.

  • justin

    I like Charlie – i think he is a nice guy – he just has some issues with drugs.

    • john

      does he have issues with drugs? Maybe he has issues with life and that is why he uses drugs!

  • Jerry

    Charlie has passed several drugs tests, so saying he needs help is just wrong. He’s angry at an employer who said that he hopes Charlie dies before he does. Sheen is not the villain here. Now, could he be more articulate in interviews. Sure. But he’s an actor, not a politician. I find his honesty refreshing. CBS: Please let Charlie work. The show is the best thing on TV.

    • RP

      Jerry is spot on.There is more to this vendetta against Mr. Sheen than has been brought out.

    • john

      the show is too scripted and it comes across that way. Of course the show is scripted all shows are but not all shows come across to the viewer as well thought out scripted respnses to one another, some flow better and are more natural, 2 1/2 does not play naturally. The drama from Charlies life that has been reported so much on tv drew my attention to the show however. The show is not entertaining to me, but Charlie certainly is.

  • Son of Liberty

    98% of the people reading this would do exactly what Charlie is doing in his private life if thay had the money he has. The studio & network parasites have been trying to keep just enough of Charlie’s travails in the news to increase viewers for one reason – to line their pockets. They could care less about you, what your kids see on TV, Charlie, or anyone single one of the cast and crew. It’s about one thing – money – and Charlie got sick of pretending he was something he isn’t in order to keep the parasites fed, especially after they started throwing him under the bus.

  • James

    He went from 2 1/2 Men to apparently 2 1/2 brain cells…

  • lolong

    Sheen claims to be a comedian. In all his interviews he said nothing funny. He’s not a comic, he’s an actor who needs a comic script. There are plenty of well known actors who can deliver scripted comedy. And willing to do it for 1.8 million, 1 million, 500,000, 250,000 125,000 or less an episode.

    • 00Billy

      Comedian?!?!? Try actor..

      Nice try.:-)

  • moonvest

    I like a story like this because it has absolutely no impact on real life. It’s not like the other tragic stories that take up the front page. It’s a trainwreck heading nowhere.

  • steve

    I love the coverage. I have never seen the program he is in, but I enjoy reading about his bizarre drug rantings and interviews more than watching Leno or Lettermen. Charlie is the gift that keeps on giving. He is over 21, if he wants to ruin his life, I don’t care in the least. Go trainwreck!

  • JeffGrossman

    A high paid actor who also grew up in wealth and privilege is partying with drugs and behaving erratically? I’m shocked, shocked this would occur.

  • Len Hobbs

    I like the show…but I do NOT like Sheen’s ‘off camera’ conduct.

    People like him are self destructive and rely on the energy of other people!

    He’s flying into the sun.

  • Camille Harris

    News coverage has been excessive. and now it is boring.

    Charlie is an artist – a comic artist. Artists, musicians, comedians are another breed and their performances lift us out of our everyday routine and doldrums. Long live the artists – and Charlie has genius.

    I am a grandmother and I’ve really enjoyed Chalie’s show., but when I had young children I would not have wanted them to see the show. But Charlie was very correct in saying in his CNN interview with Piers Morgan that the writers for his show presented a character before the American youth that was a much worse role model that Charlie’s own personal life.

  • liz

    Oh leave him alone! Yes, it’s a bit sad, but there is much more important topics to cover than this!
    I am a fan of the show, I always enjoyed it, but it’s just a sitcom, not a big deal, the media should cover other things- it’s just way too much coverage! It seems to be out of control just the way Sheen is out of control

  • Trish

    I don’t know why this is news worthy, please stop!!! Charlie Sheen needs to hit bottom and he has not done that yet because the media coverage is keeping him high.

  • tkay

    So this is what it is like to watch somebody self destruct before your very eyes. And in HD !!!

  • John ash

    I’ll do the show for $1.5 million an episode and I don;t have the drug problem!!

  • Tom Donahue

    Yes I am tired of this coverage by the media. I think you go overboard on this story and many others. Report the NEWS. You don’t have to keep showing us what an ass Sheen is, we already know that.

    • A.Men

      Sheen is like delusional union protestors in Wisconsin. They scream they are special so they are by law entitled to other people’s money while they are screaming names and insults at them.

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