Charlie Sheen is setting the record straight about the rumor he’s leaving Two And A Half Men. It was previously reported that tonight would be the actor’s last night on the show, and Sheen is now speaking out about it.
He says in a statement to People, “Much speculation and rumor has arisen from my current status surrounding Two and a Half Men. All of the numbers reported in the press are false. Claims from ‘inside sources’ regarding offers from the studio as well as my salary, on their best day, are without merit. Approaching the start of the current season and as far back as June ‘09, I submitted my terms for season eight to Warner Bros. and CBS respectfully.
“Both parties have known the score for over a year. In no way, has this been a hasty or negligent eleventh hour surprise. I offer this information out of love and respect to my crew, my on-set family, my writers, executive staff, as well as my real family, my dear friends and my loyal fans. We tape the final episode of the season this evening.
“If tonight’s show is the end for me as Charlie Harper, so be it. Another journey has begun. I take from the experience 161 shows filled with a kaleidoscope of amazing experiences, memories, friendships and gratitude. I remain humbly inspired. – C. Sheen”
The rumor was that Charlie was trying to negotiate more money out of CBS, even though he already makes $800,000 per episode. But Sheen’s rep Stan Rosenfield says, “No. A negotiation ploy is something you do to get the best possible deal. Charlie told them what he wanted a year ago.”
We’re sure the show will keep him on, seeing as though he carries the show! Sheen reportedly wants $1.5 million an episode, which is a few hundred thousand more than he’s getting right now. If the entire ensemble cast of Friends (six people) were able to negotiate getting $1 million an episode back in 2004, we think Charlie wont have much of a problem convincing the production to give him what he wants.