Sheen, Warner Bros. and Chuck Lorre sign treaty
The three have been at odds since early this year after Warner Bros. shut down production of the CBS sitcom to force Sheen to seek treatment for substance abuse issues. Warner Bros. later fired the actor after he publicly criticized the studio and Lorre.
While none of the parties would comment on the deal, last week the Los Angeles Times reported that Sheen would receive $25 million to settle the matter. The $25 million was from profits Sheen was due to receive for work he had done on the show, a person familiar with the matter said.
The public fight between Sheen and Warner Bros. and Lorre was one of the ugliest in recent memory. Sheen went on television and radio shows and even launched a national tour all with the goal of criticizing his old bosses and declaring himself a winner.
A more contrite Sheen has appeared in recent weeks. He has made an appearance on NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," where he joked that he would have fired himself too. He also appeared on Fox's Emmy Awards telecast to wish "Two and a Half Men" good luck without him.
For Sheen, putting the matter behind him and showing that he has indeed settled down is key for his future in the industry. He is working on a new situation comedy based on the Adam Sandler movie "Anger Management" for the production company Debmar-Mercury, owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. It has not been sold to a network yet.
Last week, "Two and a Half Men" made its debut with Ashton Kutcher as its new leading man and drew almost 30 million viewers.
-- Joe Flint
Photo: Charlie Sheen being roasted on Comedy Central. Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images.