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."
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$#*!."