Reports: CBS, Warner Bros. Want Charlie Sheen Back

Reports: CBS and Warner Bros. want Sheen back on "Two and a Half Men."

BySheila Marikar
March 21, 2011, 4:00 PM

March 21, 2011 — -- After weeks listening to him rant and rave, after he slapped them with a $100 million lawsuit, could CBS and Warner Bros. actually want Charlie Sheen back?

Maybe. Today, multiple media outlets reported that the network and the studio have offered Sheen the "Two and a Half Men" gig they fired him from earlier this month.

According to, Sheen's talks with CBS rival Fox about a possible late-night show prompted CBS to try and win him back. reported that CBS president and CEO Les Moonves has been talking with executives at Warner Bros. and series creator Chuck Lorre about finding a way to work with Sheen again.

Representatives for Sheen, CBS and Warner Bros. declined's requests for comment.

"Two and a Half Men" went on hiatus in January following Sheen's hospitalization and return to rehab. Sheen publicly slammed Lorre, Warner Bros. and CBS in a series of TV and radio interviews, claiming they prevented him from returning to work.

Earlier this month, Sheen's lawyer, Martin Singer, filed a $100 million lawsuit on behalf of Sheen and the "Two and a Half Men" cast and crew alleging a conspiracy among Warner Bros. and Lorre to shut down the show. Sheen may have suffered a setback last week: A dispute-resolution service reportedly ruled that its arbitrator can settle Lorre and Warner Bros.' issues with Sheen, meaning that the actor won't get the media-frenzy of a trial that could have helped his case.

Regardless of how lawsuit goes, CBS and Warner Bros. stand to lose hundreds of millions of dollars if "Two and a Half Men" doesn't return to the air. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. could say goodbye to $250 million in domestic syndication revenue and CBS could lose millions more in advertising revenue.

Meanwhile, Sheen hasn't taken back any of the not-so-kind words he had for his former bosses (or "trolls," in his words).

Minutes after CBS and Warner Bros. fired him on March 7, Sheen released his statement to

"This is very good news. They continue to be in breach, like so many whales. It is a big day of gladness at the Sober Valley Lodge because now I can take all of the bazillions, never have to look at [expletive] again and I never have to put on those silly shirts for as long as this warlock exists in the terrestrial dimension." (Some of the insults in Sheen's statement were presumably meant for Lorre.)

Since 2003, Sheen had starred in "Two and a Half Men" as Charlie Harper, a playboy who mimicked Sheen's real-life persona. Last year, he reportedly inked a deal to make $2 million per episode.

Sheen has taken up multiple jobs since his firing. He's building his online brand by tweeting -- as one of's celebrity tweeters, he could make $1 million a year with sponsored tweets -- and dispensing his life philosophies on a web show, "Sheen's Korner."

In April, he'll launch a national tour dubbed "My Violent Torpedo of Truth." According to, he could pocket $7 million for the multi-city gig.

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