March 7, 2011 — -- It's hard to see how Charlie Sheen will "win" this one: today, Warner Bros. fired Sheen from TV's No. 1 comedy, "Two and a Half Men."
"After careful consideration, Warner Bros. Television has terminated Charlie Sheen's services on 'Two and a Half Men' effective immediately," Warner Bros. said in an e-mail statement.
CBS, the network that airs "Two and a Half Men," declined to comment.
Sheen responded to the news of his job loss in a statement to TMZ.com:
"This is very good news," he said. "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 Chuck Lorre, "Two and a Half Men's" creator.
Since 2003, Sheen had starred in the sitcom 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.
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"Two and a Half Men" went on hiatus in January following Sheen's hospitalization and return to rehab. Sheen has publicly slammed Lorre, Warner Bros. and CBS in a series of recent interviews, claiming he's ready to return to work and will sue for being barred from the show.
Since CBS and Warner Bros. canceled the remainder of "Two and a Half Men's" season, Sheen has been everywhere, coining catchphrases in TV sit-downs ("winning," "tiger blood," "Adonis DNA"), tweeting about his philosophies and live-streaming his life online.
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Over the weekend, Sheen launched a Web show on Ustream called "Sheen's Korner," a 50-minute homespun takeoff on a baseball post-game show. Though Sheen amassed 1 million followers on Twitter in 24 hours, his online show only drew in 150,000 viewers at its peak.
Still, Sheen spent much of the show touting his pop culture prowess.
"It has caught on like an absolute global wildfire," Sheen said of his catchphrases and public interest in his life.
With no regular show to shoot, Sheen seems to be focused on building his online brand -- as one of Ad.ly's celebrity tweeters, he could make $1 million a year with sponsored tweets.
Monday afternoon, Sheen tweeted a job opening for an intern:
"I'm looking to hire a #winning INTERN with #TigerBlood. Apply here – http://bit.ly/hykQQF #TigerBloodIntern #internship #ad"