Charlie Sheen set to leave 'Two and a Half Men,' report says
Charlie Sheen is having some trouble with this whole lying low thing.
Thursday brought more confusion to the already tumultuous saga of the "Two and a Half Men" star, who's about to go on trial for allegedly threatening his wife at knifepoint. People.com reported that Sheen is set to walk from the top-rated CBS comedy after taping on the seventh season wraps this month.
"Charlie's just done," someone identified as a "set source" told People.
Sheen's publicist, however, isn't exactly confirming that. "Charlie's deal is only through this current season," Stan Rosenfield told People. Rosenfield could not be reached for further comment Thursday afternoon.
CBS declined to comment.
So what's going on? With Sheen, it's always hard to tell. But the possibility exists that the latest wrinkle is just one big negotiating ploy. Warner Bros., the studio that makes the show, recently tried to re-up the star's contract. But according to Access Hollywood, Sheen balked at an offer to raise his salary from nearly $1 million — a figure that already makes him among the best-compensated actors on TV — to $1.2 million per episode. His ask? A cool $2 million, according to the report.
If this latest development really is about contractual posturing, then the clock is ticking. CBS will announce its fall lineup with the other networks next month in New York.
— Scott Collins