American actor Charlie Sheen has been fired by Warner Bros as main cast of TV series "Two and a Half Men", effective immediately, the studio said in a brief statement.
The move was not unexpected, as executives at both CBS and Warner Bros. viewed Sheen's press assault as a scorched-earth move that made a reconciliation difficult.
Sheen's trouble started after the popular actor was rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles, California last January for severe abdominal pain after partying the night before. Subsequent events showed Sheen entered an undisclosed drug rehabilitation center.
Sheen's absence from work in the popular TV sitcom had caused serious programming troubles for the network as well as lost opportunities for the crew of the TV series as they could not work in the absence of Sheen at the set.
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Sheen notably referred to Lorre by the Hebrew translation of his name, Chaim Levine, drawing accusations of anti-Semitism. The actor then gave a series of rambling TV interviews, prompting his spokesman to quit.
In October last year, the popular American actor figured in an embarrassing situation where he was found naked and drunk in a New York hotel after partying with an escort.
Sheen, the star of CBS' "Two and a Half Men," has had past problems with alcohol and drugs that have landed him in legal trouble.
No decision has been made on the future of the long-running series, according to a spokesman of the studio.