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Charlie Sheen Steps Up His War on CBS in Epic 'Piers Morgan Tonight' Interview (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 1st 2011 8:15AM
Charlie Sheen, 'Piers Morgan Tonight'Charlie Sheen has apparently decided to fill the free time afforded him by his sobriety and the abrupt end of 'Two and a Half Men''s season by going on every television show he can find to talk about it.

His latest entry was 'Piers Morgan Tonight' (weeknights, 9PM ET on CNN), where he toned down the rhetoric of earlier interviews and spoke somewhat eloquently about the situation he finds himself in.

As Sheen described it, he was never fully comfortable on the show. "I never cost the production or the show or the studio or the network any money, as far as missing a show or missing a day that was a money day," he said. The bottom line, as far as Sheen is concerned, is that what he did in his personal life never impacted the show.

"And [yet] every Friday night it turned into the big executive [meetings] in the corner. Hush-hush dialogue -- whisper dialogue -- about my condition. It was a really hard situation to work in."

Pulling back on his earlier demands that his salary be doubled, Sheen is now focusing on the crew. He feels that CBS head honcho Les Moonves lied to him about the crew, promising that they would be taken care of. Just today it was announced they would be paid for four of the eight episodes that have been canceled.

"That's OK, that's a start," Sheen said. "I'm not stopping until they give them eight."

He did admit that he would apologize to Moonves for not reining in his personal behavior after promising to do so if given the chance. But very little time in the interview was spent on self-reflection and remorse. Sheen was very much on the offensive.

He felt like the network's interest in his personal life was an intrusion. A life, as he explained it, that was the genesis of the show.

"I think that they in some way think that they have some magic literary influence over me," he said of the production team, stating they believe his behavior off-set is a result of the way they wrote his character in the show. "No, morons. The reason the show was created was because of the lifestyle I had, and you guys based it on that."

While there's been a lot of speculation about what CBS might do now with the show, one rumor Sheen attacked outright. "Then I start hearing stories about they're going to hire John Stamos," he said. "You guys do that, you deserve everything that happens later."

This response was because Stamos made some comments about Sheen on Howard Stern's radio show and according to Sheen, "I don't forget anything."

Morgan was supportive of Sheen's lifestyle, so long as he didn't do anything illegal. And while he's been outlandish in the past few days with all these public appearances, he did manage to come across as articulate and intelligent here.

Whether you agree with what he was saying may be a different matter entirely. Nor has there been consistency in the Charlie Sheens we've seen through his media blitz -- a tour that's already cost him his publicist as well as his show.

Do you think he represented himself well or is it time to stop making all these appearances? And, what's next for Sheen, CBS and 'Two and a Half Men'?

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March 04 2011 at 8:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Go Charlie GO!

March 03 2011 at 5:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Bah-bye, creep

March 03 2011 at 5:09 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Hey dshkhouhi
You are right on.

March 02 2011 at 9:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Regardless of Sheen's outrageous behavior and loud-mouthed opinions, he is not the one who canceled the show. CBS did and they owe the crew the full eight weeks pay due to them. As for Sheen, it is his personal life and not CBS'. So long as he never cost CBS time or money with his antics, they should be indifferent. Does it look bad? Sure. But, CBS knew that Sheen's bad publicity really wasn't "bad". And the show was somewhat based on his lifestyle. You see the show and you know the part Sheen plays was written specifically for him. Can Stamos pull it off the same way? NO!! If CBS wants to cancel the show to teach him a lesson, they better make sure that the contract terms allow for their action (which I am sure their army of lawyers already checked). But, whether anyone thinks Sheen is out of his mind or not is irrelevant. He did his job and the show was a success. There are other actors involved who contributed to the success. But, let's face it, Sheen makes the show. I hope CBS seriously reconsider their actions. Keep Sheen on a short leash if they want. But, don't cancel a highly successful show (those are hard to create these days and CBS knows that). At least Sheen is open about his antics. How many actors have done bad things in private and no one is the wiser until they overdose or die? Plenty and Sheen is not the only one. Please, let's not be hypocrites. As for Sheen asking for more money? Well, if he gets away with it, all the more power. I just hope he gives some of it back to worthy charities (and I don't mean his assortment of "friends" and hookers). If he destroys his career and his life, that is his problem and no one elses (including CBS). If causes CBS to lose money, that's a different story. He hasn't and that's what matters. He's made them money. And we all know that sooner or later the show will end when it runs it's course. Until than, let Sheen self-destruct or get his life together. Either way, CBS need to do the right thing here. Plenty of other people have something to gain (or lose) here.

March 02 2011 at 8:04 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Charlie has really flipped out. How long did he expect CBS to put up with all his crap. Now he is going to sue. Charlie is digging himself a real big hole. No one in their right mind will ever hire him. He's a real time bomb.

March 02 2011 at 7:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Boy, I don't know what we would do without a TV show that is entirely about sex and alcohol. What a sad commentary on American television this whole thing is!

March 02 2011 at 12:55 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Charlie Sheen is hilarious. We got a facebook page going with all his quotes and video...check it out. http://www.facebook.com/pages/1000000-Who-Think-Charlie-Sheen-is-Hilarious/168200479899028

March 01 2011 at 11:50 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Charlie Sheen is going to go the way of Mel Gibson...for NO other reason than
having made an anti-Semite statement.

March 01 2011 at 7:54 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Tom Simonton

The best way to step on these crude egoists is to ignore him. The major studios had something going for them when they would fine or fire these childish idiots for indescretions back during Hollywood's golden era of the 1930s and 40s. Charlie Sheen is a fine comic actor and comes from a respected show biz family (dad Martin Sheen and brother Emilio Estavez). Leave well enough alone about his other antics. He should know this himself, the twit.

March 01 2011 at 4:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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