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Can primetime on CBS succeed with just one and a half men?
Well, there may be no choice going forward, as sources tell People.com that troubled Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen will be leaving the sitcom at the end of this season. "Charlie’s just done,” a set source told People. “And he’s quietly telling his friends he’s not coming back.”
Network execs were hoping the actor would sign on for an eighth season, but instead, it could very well be that when Sheen tapes this season's final episode on April 9th, it will be his last. "He wants to move on,” says a friend of the actor. “Leaving is 100 percent his idea.”
His rep, Stan Rosenfield, concurs that Sheen is only contracted to the sitcom role for a few more days. "Charlie’s deal is only through this current season,” he stated. A CBS spokesperson says the network doesn’t comment on contract issues, but a source close to the show says “negotiations are ongoing and nothing has been determined.” There has been no statement thus far from Two and a Half Men costar Jon Cryer.
Could this rumor be merely a ploy for more money as the actor pursues a more favorable new contract with CBS? Perhaps, but it's also likely his personal life is creating insurmountable distractions. Sheen is currently facing domestic violence charges from an altercation on Dec. 25, 2009, involving his wife Brooke Mueller. Production shut down on Two and a Half Men in February, when the actor entered rehab (while his wife, mother of his young twin sons, was also in treatment). He returned to work soon after, but reportedly continues his recovery treatment after taping each night.
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