'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?