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CBS CEO Moonves Fires Back At Sheen

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

“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.

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