Charlie Sheen’s Latest: CBS, Warner in ‘Breach of Contract’

UPDATE: One day after CBS and Warner Bros. TV shuts down the rest of “Two and a Half Men’s” season, star again rants on the radio that he and the producers “are at war”

Update 1:20 p.m. PST

Charlie Sheen is mad as hell, and says Warner Bros and CBS are in "breach of contract" for cancelling the rest of the season for "Two and a Half Men."

"We are at war and there are ways to deal with these clowns and take all their money," Sheen told 570 KLAC Sports on Friday afternoon, implying he would sue. "Defeat is not an option."

Also read: Sorry, Charlie: 'Two and a Half Men' Shut Down' for Season

Sheen, who announced he was going into rehab on Jan. 28, told host Pat O'Brien that he holds series creator Chuck Lorre and the show's producers responsible for the fiasco over the show, and said they were in "breach of contract."

Sheen has been talking up a storm with news media all over the country Friday to air his rage. He told a CNN producer in a conversation that has not yet aired that it was "sad" and "crazy" that his show was shut down, the producer told TheWrap.   

He also told the producer that he was clean and wiling to take a drug test to prove it.

Earlier in the day, Radar reported that Sheen, who is in the Bahamas, also used the words "sad" and "crazy" and said he was close to starting a show with HBO. (HBO immediately denied it.) He also texted ABC's "Good Morning America" that he was "100% clean" and intended to show up for work next Tuesday. "Two and a Half Men" was scheduled to restart production next week to film four more episodes to fill out the season.

On the radio call, the actor reiterated the HBO claim and said he would honor his pact with CBS and Warner Bros. TV and finish filming the ninth season of "Two and a Half Men." But he also made it clear that his relationship with the powers that be on the hit CBS show had soured. 

"It's been a toxic environment for 8 years," Sheen said. "I felt like an unwelcome relative being offered cold coffee."

Also Friday, the Anti-Defamation League accused Sheen of possible "borderline anti-Semitism" for his references to "Two and a Half Men" executive producer Chuck Lorre as "Chaim Levine" during his rant about Lorre.

Sheen, who has had several well-publicized benders in the past year, has entered a treatment program at least three times since December 2009

Attempts by TheWrap to reach CBS, Warner Bros., and Sheen's representatives for comment were not immediately returned.


The Anti-Defamation League criticized Charlie Sheen Friday for referring to "Two and a Half Men" creator Chuck Lorre as "Chaim Levine" during a rant against him, saying it was "at best bizarre, and at worst, borderline anti-Semitism."

"By invoking television producer Chuck Lorre’s Jewish name in the context of an angry tirade against him, Charlie Sheen left the impression that another reason for his dislike of Mr. Lorre is his Jewishness," the group's national director, Abraham H. Foxman, said in a statement. "This fact has no relevance to Mr. Sheen’s complaint or disagreement, and his words are at best bizarre, and at worst, borderline anti-Semitism."

Lorre's birth name is Charles Levine, and Chaim is the Hebrew equivalent of Charles.

Sheen ripped into Lorre in a long rant on "The Alex Jones" show Thursday that resulted in CBS canceling the show for the remainder of this season. Addressing Lorre, he said he had spent "the last decade effortlessly and magically converting your tin cans into pure gold" and "embarrassed him in front of his children and the world by healing at a pace that his unevolved mind cannot process."

TMZ said Sheen denied he was anti-Semitic, saying, "I was referring to Chuck by his real name, because I wanted to address the man, not the bulls**t TV persona."

GossipCop, meanwhile, noted that Lorre himself used the name "Chaim Levine" in a vanity card that ended a recent episode of his show "Mike and Molly." The card, which Lorre said was written in Israel, found him in a self-reflective mood:

"How did Chaim become Chuck? How did Levine become Lorre? The only answer I come up with is this: When I was a little boy in Hebrew school the rabbis regularly told us that we were the chosen people. That we were God's favorites. Which is all well and good except that I went home, observed my family and, despite my tender age, thought to myself, "bull$#*!."