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Charlie Sheen doesn’t seem to get it

By Roger Friedman

HollywoodNews.com: Charlie Sheen has filed suit against the trolls– Warner Bros. and Chuck Lorre, creator of “Two and A Half Men.” Hollywood legal pitbull Marty Singer wrote the suit, which contains prose so purple that Prince would blush reading it. Basically, Singer has pinned the blame for the entire mess on Lorre, claiming that Sheen was the whole show, that everyone profited because of Sheen, and now that Lorre doesn’t like him, he’s chucking him out. (Pun intended.)

Singer–based on Sheen’s ranting– is so myopic that he really thinks no one else contributed to the TV show’s success. It’s all Charlie. But Singer’s arguments don’t stand up to the naked eye. For one thing, Sheen’s “rehab”–which Warner Bros. requested–consisted of Sheen at home, ditching professional advice. He himself has said on several occasions that he “blinked” and cured himself. Will that stand up in court? This is all hyperbolic legal mush.

Singer — and Sheen– like to point out that Lorre had trouble with stars before Sheen: Roseanne Barr, Cybill Shepherd, and Brett Butler. True enough. The first and the last were difficult and chemical problems. Shepherd was tough on everyone, including co-star Christine Baranski, who got along fine with Lorre. Indeed. Lorre had no issues with John Goodman and Laurie Metcalfe on “Roseanne” or Baranski and Alan Rosenberg on “Cybill.” There are no reports of problems on “The Big Bang Theory” or “Mike and Molly.” And so far, after 8 seasons, Lorre’s had no issues with Jon Cryer.

Sheen, meanwhile, doesn’t seem to get it. He wasn’t suspended or fired until he started attacking his bosses–nationally, vocally, constantly. They extended his contract before that happened. Right or wrong, they looked the other way through his arrests, divorces, custody battles. They even supported him. But when he turned on them. they retaliated. Losing!

What Sheen doesn’t get: a new actor on “Men” will not be named Charlie. It’s easy enough to have Jon Cryer open the door to a new player and say, “Charlie has been taken captive by a bunch of goddesses in Alaska. We’ll miss him.” End of story. Introduce new guy–missing brother, cousin, friend. And move on.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411.com column in April after 10 years with Fox News where he helped create Foxnews.com. Friedman’s prior experience on the Internet is with MSN’s Cinemania column. Friedman also wrote the Intelligencer column as a contributing editor at "New York Magazine," where he covered the O.J. Simpson criminal trial. In addition, Friedman has been involved in book publishing and filmmaking (Only the Strong Survive). For more about Roger go to Showbiz411.com

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  • March 12, 2011 | Permalink |

    Mr Friedman clearly has never watched the show…I mean is he really that stupid to believe the show can just ‘go on’ without Charlie?????? does he not know what happened to Scrubs after JD left???? I understand Charlie might be at fault…but that does NOT change the fact that the show is nothing without Charlie

  • March 12, 2011 | Permalink |

    Charlie gets it. Friedman doesn’t. He signed a contract with Warner Brothers and they broke it.

    When he negotiated the contract, they agreed to remove language (standard) that allows them to cancel the contract for bad behaviour. There was nothing in the contract that he had to take rehab. Nothing in the contract that said he couldn’t call him any name they wanted. And nothing in the contract that said they could unilaterally cancel it.

    They were so greedy to have him come back, they agreed to let CS do whatever he wanted as long as he was willing to work. They even renewed his contract in the middle of another scandal.

    Is Charlie morally write? Irrelevant. WB signed a contract, and they have to live up to it.

  • Joe
    March 12, 2011 | Permalink |

    Charlie needs to step back awhile and get a clear perspective on his life and where he wants it to go.

  • March 12, 2011 | Permalink |

    You should stop licking the a$$ of the producers

  • March 12, 2011 | Permalink |

    At least somebody is admitting that Charlie was really fired because he insulted his boss. Most of us figured that out already.

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