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Now that Charlie Sheen has been officially axed from Two and a Half Men (shocking, we know!), he no longer has TV's highest-paying acting gig to support his out-of-control lifestyle. The coming months will determine whether Sheen, 45, can maintain his popularity after his startling media implosion -- or, as he prefers to call it, "cresting the tsunami on his mercury surfboard."
We looked at the careers of other celebs with similar issues and came up with four possible scenarios for Charlie Sheen's future.
1. Charlie Sheen is the next Robert Downey Jr.
We'll start with the best possible scenario: Charlie Sheen hits rock bottom, goes away for a while, gets his life under control and makes a spectacular comeback in Iron Man 7. This is also the least likely scenario, given that it would a) require Charlie Sheen to admit he has a problem, and b) require Charlie Sheen to have hidden reserves of movie star talent.
2. Charlie Sheen is the next Rush Limbaugh.
If Charlie Sheen continues in his determination to say whatever crazy thing pops into his head, he'd be an ideal host for an irreverent morning talk show. (Limbaugh's whole job is basically to say extreme things and make people mad, right?) We doubt he'd get very far in politics, though.
Possibility: fairly good.
3. Charlie Sheen is the next Gary Busey.
At the start, Busey's career was fairly similar to Sheen's: He had some acclaimed roles, some B-movies and even an Oscar nomination. He also had a cocaine addiction. Now Busey is sober, but thanks to years of nuttiness, his career consists mainly of doing TV guest spots and giving wacky quotes to the tabloids. No million-dollar-an-episode offers are coming his way anytime soon.
4. Charlie Sheen is the new Snooki.
Okay, Snooki hasn't been to rehab -- but she's been arrested for public drunkenness, and it's fairly obvious the girl loves to party. Besides, of all the places that Charlie Sheen could end up, reality TV seems like the most obvious. He's already got the catch phrases ("winning!"), the wild girlfriends and the need for attention. But if his addictions got the best of him, this could go very, very wrong -- and nobody wants to see another Anna Nicole Show. Ever.
Possibility: somewhat likely.
Charlie Sheen's opportunities right now will depend on whether he can put his ego, and his partying, aside. At the moment, he's a joke, and nobody's going to hire a joke (unless Howard Stern needs a new sidekick).
Of course, there's also the question of whether people still like Charlie Sheen. He got as far as he did with Two and a Half Men by appearing funny, somewhat sweet and generally appealing. Now that he's shattered that illusion, he's going to have to find a new fan base. But he does already have 2.2 million Twitter followers, so it seems like his supporters are definitely out there.