Although Charlie Sheen has said he would return to CBS’ “Two and a Half Men,” reports are flying that show creator Chuck Lorre is planning to proceed without him.
According to the New York Times, Lorre is working on restructuring the show around a fresh face, although an actor hasn’t been selected yet.
An exec for the show’s studio, Warner Bros. (which is owned by the same parent company as CNN) did say that one thing’s certain: “We are not bringing the show back with Charlie.”
Sheen, who was fired from his “Men” gig in March and has since brought a lawsuit against Lorre and Warner Bros., expressed his views on the matter in a letter to Lorre given to TMZ.
“My fans may tune in for a minute, but at the end of the day, no one cares about your feeble show without me,” Sheen writes. “Shame on you. Not even a phone call to the man that put you on the map. The man that put 500 million dollars in your pockets… I busted my ass for 8 years to support your vision.”
The embattled actor, currently on his “Violent Torpedo of Truth” tour, went on to hurl a number of foul names at his former boss, adding that the “message is crystal clear: NO CHARLIE SHEEN. NO SHOW.”
“Two and a Half Men” has not been confirmed to return next season, but the Times reports that CBS is scheduled to announce their fall line-up on May 18. The Warner Bros. exec said that “there is a scenario where the show doesn’t come back,” but that everyone involved is working to make sure that it does.