Charlie Sheen lost the ultimate power struggle with his show’s co-creator and producer Chuck Lorre, and that’s what led to the shut down of Two and a Half Men, RadarOnline.com learned exclusively.
“They hate each other,” a source who knows both men told RadarOnline.com. “Bottom line is if Chuck wanted the show shut down , it was getting shut down.”
CBS and Warner Brothers released a joint statement announcing that the hit show will be shut down for the remainder of the season.
“Based on the totality of Charlie Sheen’s statements, conduct and condition, CBS and Warner Bros. Television have decided to discontinue production of Two and a Half Men for the remainder of the season.,” the statement read.
That followed a bizarre Sheen interview Thursday where he slammed Alcoholics Anonymous, claimed his success rate at getting sober was 100% and spoke in violent and confrontational language.
He followed that by slamming Lorre, calling him a “stupid, stupid little man…a p*ssy, a punk”.
That, in the end, was enough for CBS and Warner Brothers.
“Les Moonves said that is Chuck Lorre didn’t want to go forward he was going to shut down the show,” a source told RadarOnline.com before the official announcement was made. “The future of Two and a Half Men is up to Lorre.”
Lorre wields power as a super producer with other network shows. And while Sheen has made a fortune for many people, his show is already syndicated and a fortune is being reaped on the back end by the big players.
Ultimately Sheen’s behavior irritated and alarmed too many powerful people at CBS and Warner Brothers and that led to the show being canned for the rest of the season.