Sheen’s publicist says he’s leaving the show — for now — as a “precautionary measure”
Charlie Sheen is entering rehab and will take a break from the hit CBS comedy "Two and a Half Men," which is shutting down production while he’s in treatment.
"As a preventative measure, Charlie Sheen has entered a rehabilitation facility," Stan Rosenfeld, Sheen’s publicist, said in a statement Tuesday. "He will take some time off his series ‘Two and a Half Men.’ He has asked that his privacy be honored. No further statements are planned."
It was not immediately clear how Sheen’s absence would affect the show’s schedule. The half-hour comedy was in production this week on the 19th episode of its 23-episode run; but like most shows, "Two and a Half Men" is in reruns while the Olympics are on NBC. It could conceivably have enough material banked to hold it over while the actor goes through treatment.
“CBS, Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre support Charlie Sheen in his decision today to begin voluntary in-patient care at a treatment center," the statement said. "We wish him nothing but the best as he deals with this personal matter. Production on ‘Two and a Half Men’ will be temporarily suspended.”