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Last week, CBS and Warner Bros. made an announcement that everyone saw -- or should have seen -- coming: In light of Charlie Sheen's increasingly erratic behavior and off-the-wall radio interviews, the actor's hit sitcom Two and a Half Men was being pulled off the air for at least the remainder of the season.
Not surprisingly, Sheen did not take kindly to the news. After all, the guy makes a reported $1.8 million per episode, so CBS' decision not to film the last eight installments of the show's eighth season cost him roughly $14.4 million. Ouch. (Luckily, CBS will pay the Men crew -- who make significantly less than Charlie -- for four of the eight torpedoed episodes.)
In an interview with Today on Monday, Sheen insisted that it will be CBS that comes crawling back to him. "It's like everybody thinks I should be begging for my job back, and I'm just gonna forewarn them that it's everybody else that's going to be begging me for their job back," he said.
"I am a man of my word, so I will finish the TV show," he continued. "I'll even do season 10, but at this point, (because of) psychological distress -- oh my God -- it's $3 mil an episode, take it or leave it."
Sheen was joking (we think), but the question remains: Is there any scenario where Sheen and CBS can kiss and make up, put all of this behind them and get on with the series? And if so, would audiences still watch? In short: Should Sheen get his job back on Two and a Half Men?
We know what Sheen thinks. CBS honcho Les Moonves is less certain, judging by his comments at an investor conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. "Short term, it's actually financially a gainer for us," Moonves said of his decision to pull the plug on the rest of Two and a Half Men season 8 and instead run repeats of the show (which are drawing extremely solid ratings). "I'm not saying long term I want this to go on, or it's great," Moonves continued. "Going down the road, I don't know what's going to happen. I hope it's back. We'll see."
If Men does return, there's always the option of ditching Sheen in favor of another star. As a matter of fact, rumors are swirling that John Stamos may step in to fill the void. Don't worry, he wouldn't be playing Uncle Charlie, but rather a new character (Uncle Jesse perhaps?). Stamos is denying the chatter for now, while Sheen calls the rumors a "tragic joke." "If they do that," he told TMZ, "then they deserve their failures and the follies."
Tell us! What do you think? Should Charlie Sheen get his Two and a Half Men job back -- or is the show better off without him?