Chuck Lorre remained relatively under the radar throughout the Charlie Sheen drama. He chose to use his Two and a Half Men vanity card as his pulpit, voicing his issues out via fine print that’s onscreen for about five seconds before disappearing.
But make no mistake, Chuck Lorre’s not afraid of commenting on the matter. In TV Guide Magazine, the writer/creator/producer dishes on all things Sheen.
When it comes to his friendship with Charlie, Lorre said:
“He was a great friend and partner for eight years. And every time he got himself into trouble, we believed that there was healing that was going to come. I certainly believed that sobriety is something that he wants in his life, and I was wrong."
He added that friends often tried to help him.
"We intervened all the time. I was so afraid my friend was going to die. When we would shoot a show on a Friday night, there was always that 'I'll see you Monday. I hope.' The holidays were the worst, because those long stretches of time were the ones we feared the most."
Eventually, Lorre made the decision to axe Charlie from the Two and a Half Men lineup.
“You couldn't do that much cocaine and work. It was falling apart. It was heartbreaking to be around here then,” Lorre said. “"I didn't want to be writing a sitcom while my friend died. Or worse, hurt someone else. We couldn't be complacent. There was a tragedy unfolding right in front of us. There was violence and blackouts. On a certain level, if you're looking the other way, you're responsible."
And remember all those bizarre threats Sheen was sending during his meltdown? To us, they might have been the crazy ramblings of a dude who got fired, but Lorre says he was genuinely scared.
“I was looking over my shoulder,” Lorre said.
Lorre kicked off the latest season of Two and a Half Menby referencing Sheen’s character, Charlie Harper, via a funeral. Lorre says ignoring the obvious seemed inorganic.
“To not deal with it felt like a cheat. The unbelievably public nature of this debacle is part of our legacy now.”
Despite everything, (especially that hefty, reportedly $100 million settlement between Sheen and Lorre/Warner Bros.) Lorre has only well-wishes for the actor.
"Bottom line, I hope he's happy, I hope he's healthy. I hope he's able to be there for his kids."
I can’t wait to see how Charlie Sheen responds to this one.