Warner Bros. Fires Charlie Sheen

LOS ANGELES – (CBS4) – Warner Brothers has fired Charlie Sheen from the hit comedy show “Two and a Half Men,” TMZ.com reported Monday.

The website also quotes a statement made by Warner Brothers: “After careful consideration, Warner Bros. Television has terminated Charlie Sheen’s services on ‘Two and a Half Men,’ effective immediately.”

It’s unknown if production of the show will continue.

In earlier interviews, Sheen told The Associated Press he wasn’t satisfied with an agreement by Warner Bros. Television to pay the “Men” crew for only half of the eight episodes canceled when producers tired of their star’s off-screen antics.

He called it “a start” and said his efforts “are paying off,” but declared: “I won’t sleep until I get all eight. I don’t care about me right now.”

He told the AP he planned to keep up his media blitz until the show’s crew was paid for the rest of this season’s shows. He also said getting compensation for series co-stars Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones was “next” on his to-do list.

Warner Bros. denied that anything Sheen had done — which included threatening to sue the show’s producers and extolling the virtues of his hard-partying ways — contributed to the decision to pay the crew.

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