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The uneasy truce between Charlie Sheen and Two and a Half Men appears to be over. For the past few months, Sheen has been gracious and supportive of the show's new direction with replacement star Ashton Kutcher. But now that he's got a new sitcom in production, Sheen is once again saying that the top-rated CBS comedy is no good without him.
"I don't think it should go on past this year," Sheen told press (including The Hollywood Reporter) at a recent industry event in Miami. "I just think that people are there because there's nowhere else to go. Yet."
Sheen, who is shilling his own upcoming FX sitcom Anger Management, says that he was "a puppet (at Two and a Half Men) for ratings" and is glad to be "free from their bondage." (Dramatic, much?) And while he has no kind words for executive producer Chuck Lorre, he says that he still respects the show's stars for their hard work.
"Hats off to (Kutcher) for doing the best job he can," said Sheen. "I don't think that he's working with the best writing because (Lorre is) doing too many shows. He and (Jon Cryer) and (Angus T. Jones) deserve better material."
His attitude is a big change from September, when Sheen praised the show while onstage during the Emmy Awards.
"From the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season," he said to the Two and a Half Men cast and crew. "We spent eight wonderful years together, and I know you will continue to make great television."
Maybe Sheen is only capable of praising one show at a time -- and he's saving his accolades for his own new comedy, which already has a 10-episode order from FX.
"We will not disappoint," he says of Anger Management. "At this stage of the game, to deliver a turd? It's not going to happen. It's going to be an absolute f***king rocket ship to the moon."
Ah, but is the rocket ship fueled by tiger blood and piloted by Vatican warlock assassins?