CBS and Warner Bros. stand by Charlie Sheen as he enters rehab
On the heels of "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen's decision to enter rehab, CBS and Warner Bros. Television, which produces the most-watched TV comedy, sent a joint statement in support of the beleaguered actor.
“CBS, Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre support Charlie Sheen in his decision today to begin voluntary in-patient care at a treatment center," the statement on behalf of CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler, Warner Bros. President Peter Roth, and executive producer Chuck Lorre said. "We wish him nothing but the best as he deals with this personal matter. Production on ‘Two and a Half Men’ will be temporarily suspended.”
Sheen, 44, is facing domestic violence charges stemming from a Christmas Day fight with his wife Brooke Mueller, who herself has gone into rehab and checked herself out because her privacy had allegedly been breached.
According to TMZ, Sheen did not show up for work on Monday and his bail -- which requires that he not consume drugs or alcohol -- could be revoked in Colorado. TMZ also reported that production will shut down for two weeks to wait for Sheen, but sources told The Times that the length of Sheen's rehab stint and its effect on production are unknown at this time.
CBS ordered 24 episodes of TV's No. 1 comedy this year and 18 have been completed. If Sheen does return within a couple of weeks, production could still complete the season. If it takes longer, CBS might have to live with fewer episodes.
CBS, Warner Bros. and Lorre declined to be interviewed. Sheen's publicist, Stan Rosenfield, issued a statement on Sheen's behalf: "As a preventative measure, Charlie Sheen has entered a rehabilitation facility...He has asked that his privacy be honored."
-- Maria Elena Fernandez (follow me on Twitter @writerchica)
Photo: Charlie Sheen. Credit: Associated Press