Monday, March 7, 2011

Warner Bros Officially Fires Charlie Sheen

Warner Bros. sent a letter to Charlie Sheen's lawyer, stating Charlie was being terminated because he committed a felony involving "moral turpitude."

In the 11-page letter, Warner Bros. states, "Your client has been engaged in dangerously self-destructive conduct and appears to be very ill."

The letter then goes on to describe Charlie's hijinks, including trashing the Plaza Hotel in NYC, coke binges, on-set failures because of drug fatigue, and diatribes (Big word!) against "Two and a Half Men" creator Chuck Lorre.

The letter also says that Charlie derailed production when he went into rehab, and then he fired his sobriety coach.  In fact, Warner Bros. claims it was so concerned about Charlie's well-being, "Warner Bros. had an airplane waiting" to take him to a treatment facility,but Charlie wouldn't go for it.

So why did Charlie get fired?  The letter says there is a clause in his contract saying they can fire a performer who commits "a felony offense involving moral turpitude."

The letter says, "There is ample evidence supporting Warner Bros. reasonable good faith opinion that Mr. Sheen has committed felony offenses involving moral turpitude (including but not limited to furnishing of cocaine to others as part of the self-destructive lifestyle he has described publicly) that have 'interfere[d] with his ability to fully and completely render all material services required' under the agreement."

Charlie's lawyer, Marty Singer, has demanded Warner Bros. pay Charlie for the eight canceled episodes. Warner Bros. seems unfazed by the threat, even reserving its right to take legal action against Charlie. Marty Singer  believes Lorre is behind the move to fire Charlie from "Two and a Half Men" and that Lorre has interfered with Charlie's contract.

Singer doesn't buy the explanation.  Singer says when Charlie was going to plead guilty to a felony last year over the domestic violence incident in Aspen, Warner Bros. was not only ok with it, they renegotiated Charlie's contract.

Singer claims the real reason Warner Bros. gave Charlie the boot is because he insulted Lorre, and that's not reason to fire him.

And, Singer says, Charlie isn't the first star who couldn't co-exist with Lorre.  Roseanne Barr and Brett Butler also couldn't work with Chuck.  On the other side of the coin, Lorre is the most successful producer in TV currently, with three hit shows on the air  "Two and a Half Men," "The Big Bang Theory" and "Mike and Molly."

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