Charlie Sheen enters rehab [Update]
“He is most grateful to all who have expressed their concern,” said Stan Rosenfield, Sheen’s publicist. Adding, “Sheen asks that his privacy be respected at this time and that no additional informational will be provided.”
As a result, CBS, Warner Bros. Television and executive producer Chuck Lorre are placing “Two and a Half Men” on production hiatus.
“We are profoundly concerned for his health and well-being, and support his decision,” the network said in a statement.
The news comes after Sheen's recent stint in the hospital.
[Update 5:05 p.m.: What was supposed to be the tail end of a scheduled hiatus from Sheen’s work on CBS’ “Two and a Half Men” quickly spiraled into a publicity nightmare.
The 45-year-old actor was rushed to Cedars-Sinai hospital Thursday morning due to severe abdominal pains, later described by Rosenfield to be a hernia condition. He was released Thursday night and was expected to return to the set of the hit comedy series Tuesday.
Now Sheen is seeking treatment, shutting down production.
This season, the show has a 24-episode order and has already taped 16 episodes. Only two of those have not aired. At this time, it is unclear whether the series will be able to produce all of its remaining eight episodes.
But the actor remains optimistic.
"I'm fine," Sheen told Radar Online Senior Executive Editor Dylan Howard via text message Friday afternoon, around the time news broke that he had entered rehab.
"People don't seem to get it.... Guy can't have a great time and do his job also?"]
-- Yvonne Villarreal
Photo: Charlie Sheen in 2009. Credit: Chris Pizzello/Associated Press