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'Two and a Half Men' Creator Chuck Lorre Breaks Silence: 'I Am So Outta Here!'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Mar 1st 2011 9:12AM
Chuck LorreDuring the increasingly bitter Charlie Sheen–vs.–Chuck Lorre–and-CBS public feud, both sides have slung insults at each other with abandon. Lorre called Sheen "a degenerate," and Sheen responded with a whole bunch of slurs.

In recent days Lorre vowed to stop writing his trademark "vanity cards" and has since remained silent, but now, following Sheen's marathon round of TV interviews, he's broken his silence ... Kind of.

Eagle-eyed viewers spotted a rambling rant on one of Lorre's famous vanity cards in the closing credits for his other show, 'Mike & Molly,' last night. Reading like a riposte to some of Sheen's odder pronouncements in recent days, it ends "I am so outta here!"

The vanity card came two weeks after Lorre posted a provocative one in the closing credits for the last episode of 'Two and a Half Men.' That one read "If Charlie Sheen outlives me, I'm gonna be really pissed."

Having worked on tumultuous shows like 'Roseanne' and 'Grace Under Fire,' Lorre is no stranger to dealing with difficult stars, and he's become known for the trademark stream-of-consciousness vanity cards, which he inserts into the closing credits of each episode of his shows. The cards, which contain his -- sometimes totally random -- musings, appear only briefly, and CBS has been known to censor them on occasion.

However, last week the closing credits of both 'Mike & Molly' and 'The Big Bang Theory' contained a "farewell" vanity card, in which Lorre declared that "It was more fun writing these things when I was fairly certain no one was reading them. That is no longer the case," he began.

"These days it seems like every vanity card is getting scrutinized and criticized by network executives, corporate legal departments and publicity departments, TV journalists and tabloid bloggers ... Lately it's gotten out of hand. Which is why I've decided to take a break for a few weeks. Let things cool off a little."

The latest vanity card ends with a somewhat hard-to-decipher reference to "Grace," which may hark back to Lorre's days on 'Grace Under Fire.' That show ended abruptly because of star Brett Butler's drug problems. After one unplanned hiatus while Butler was in rehab, her increasingly erratic behavior lead ABC to pull the plug despite strong ratings. (Sound familiar?)

Here's that vanity card in full:


"I understand that I'm under a lot of pressure to respond to certain statements made about me recently. The following are my uncensored thoughts. I hope this will put an end to any further speculation.

"I believe that consciousness creates the illusion of individuation, the false feeling of being separate. In other words, I am aware, ergo I am alone. I further believe that this existential misunderstanding is the prime motivating force for the neurotic compulsion to blot out consciousness. This explains the paradox of our culture, which celebrates the ego while simultaneously promoting its evisceration with drugs and alcohol. It also clarifies our deep-seated fear of monolithic, one-minded systems like communism, religious fundamentalism, zombies and invaders from Mars. Each one is a dark echo of an oceanic state of unifying transcendence from which consciousness must, by nature, flee. The Fall from Grace is, in fact, a Sprint from Grace. Or perhaps more accurately, 'Screw Grace, I am so outta here!'


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Droid Xer

I don't think he is refering to Grace as a person, but as a noun:
fall from grace
to lose the trust or respect that people have for you, especially by doing something wrong or immoral

I believe he is saying Charlie has lost all Grace, and should leave. Or he is losing his Grace, and is closing the show.

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

It sounds like Chucky babey has seen a the hooka a few times himself.

He may wanna land back in reality and just let this cat go away and probably OD.

March 01 2011 at 10:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

this is crazy! if you want o fire him... that is your choice, His behavior is out of control. His lifestyle is unrealistic. He is grossly over paid. knock him down a peg or two.. replace him quickly. If he is so special he will find another place to have a career and make his money. He looks horrible! like most drug addicts. HELP HIM BEFORE HE ENDS UP DEAD!

March 01 2011 at 10:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Droid Xer

As someone who's brother was a manic-depressive, it looks like this is what Sheen is as well. The wild look in the eyes, the gradious statements of self value, it all is classic M-D. The issue with M-Ds is there is no way to help them if they do not want to/cannot help themselves.

March 01 2011 at 1:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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