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'Two and a Half Men' Crew Warned to Keep Quiet

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 18th 2010 9:27AM
Generally speaking, what happens in the workplace usually is not meant for media consumption. Unless it's a Karen Silkwood situation, employees know that you don't blab about your fellow workers. Except in show business! Apparently, the very idea of working on a set or in the production offices where glamorous stars are toiling is a reason to yap about what you see.

This is especially true when those glittery vessels of acting have questionable personal lives that have already been selling ad space in newspapers, magazines and web sites. This is all a preface to the report filed by TMZ.com that the 'Two and a Half Men' team have been told to keep quiet about Charlie Sheen.

Production crew, cast and studio personnel have been warned that if anyone leaks stories to the press or gossips innocently with a neighbor who has the 800 number for the National Enquirer or takes a picture with a cell phone that shows Charlie conferring with his sober coach between set ups ... that individual will be fired.

Whether TMZ has the information right, whether someone would really be canned, who knows? But don't you think the people who make a living based on the success of 'Two and a Half Men' know enough to remain silent. Perhaps some of them are even loyal to Charlie and would respect the fact that he's struggling right now and needs some support from his peers. At the end of the day of work, Charlie -- who was accompanied by a sober coach -- returned to the rehab facility.

So, what do you think? What if a co-worker at your business came back from a leave of absence -- and you knew it was something serious -- would you gossip about it knowing that it might jeopardize your employment? Would you do it for money? Or would you respect that person's privacy and let him/her work it out on their own?

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I can understand the natural inclination to feel sorry for individuals who make millions of dollars going to work for a few hours, five days a week. I can also understand that Charlie Sheen is far more important than anyone else who is related to the show. I mean, what in the world would we do if he's not spitting out some lifeless, monotone phrase about his dick that a few very untalented writers came up with?

Now - here in the real word where most of us don't give a flying freak about Charlie being a 40+ year old man who can't seem to pull it together because he's a whiny, spoiled celebrity....

When the drunk wants to take some time off, who pays the bills of everyone else working on the show?

April 05 2010 at 2:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Let's stick to the subject: if you could make 3-4 times what you make in a years work with one pic or one story wouldn't you be tempted to spill. After all some of these "super stars " aren't the most amicable so I would definitely do the math. If you don't want a public life don't work in a public job.

March 19 2010 at 4:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'd blab my butt off but I'd tell them not to use my name.

it sells newspapers and gets us publicity for the show of course I'd tell!

March 19 2010 at 3:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Cant stand Charlie Sheen.
Everything this egocentric plays in, ends up type casting. The guy is a sleeze...always has been.

Most important, he couldn't care less who he hurts. His behavior was a FU to everyone he works with.
Yet in order to save thier own job, they have to protect him, which is another FU.

March 19 2010 at 3:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My father was a very wise man. He told us children "If you cannot say something nice about a person, then say nothing at all. Put yourselves in that person's shoes". What a beloved man, he was. Of course, someone else originated the saying, but he always said it.

March 19 2010 at 3:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What is a "sober coach" ? Is this a bad joke? Just another richie having to have a babysitter. My friend has been in AA for years and never heard of a "sober coach"

March 19 2010 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't know Charlie Sheen personally but I do have a lot of personal experience with alcoholic/drug addicted family members. It's not easy for anyone involved and having co-workers spreading personal information, let alone vindictive gossip, around is not helpful to anyone. People who are alcoholic/addicts are miserable and unhappy, no matter how famous they are.

Outside of the fact that the people who work with Charlie Sheen may actually care about him, they are dependent on him for their bread and butter. No Charlie, no jobs. (And that includes all the camera, lighting, script, go-fers, and other staff that work on the show.)

March 19 2010 at 12:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree that Charlie is getting off easy. This guy has been given so many chances and it looks like he gets yet another one. Some valid points have been made here.....
looks like he's getting special treatment.

March 19 2010 at 12:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

he puts everyones job on the line on the show acting like a fool, and now the network wants everyone to keep their mouth shut.. Sheen needs to grow up, he ain't all that...

March 19 2010 at 12:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And yes ...anyone who seeks to gain from knowledge gained while "on the job" should be terminated immediately and sued as well...If they refuse to abide by the agreement release them...Unions can go jump

March 19 2010 at 12:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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