After a long silence, “Two and a Half Men” creator Chuck Lorre has finally opened up about Charlie Sheen‘s very public meltdown last winter, which led to him being fired from “Two and a Half Men” amidst a media firestorm.
Lorre tells TV Guide Magazine that ultimately, he, Warner Bros., and CBS had to make a decision that was driven not by financial interests. “We chose to make a moral decision as opposed to a financial one. This was
not a game. This was drug addiction writ large. This was big-time
cocaine, and in his own words, an ‘epic drug run’ that could have ended
with either his death or someone else’s,” Lorre says.
He explains that removing Sheen from the show was a last resort after months of trying to intervene while he spiraled out of control on a terrifying bender. Though Sheen publicly and mercilessly blasted Lorre, Lorre maintains that he made his decision out of concern for Sheen. “I was so afraid my friend was going to die. When we would shoot a show
on a Friday night, there was always that ‘I’ll see you Monday. I hope.’
The holidays were the worst, because those long stretches of time were
the ones we feared the most.”
It got to the point where he even felt somewhat responsible for enabling Sheen’s problem.
“I didn’t want to be writing a sitcom while my friend died. Or worse,
hurt someone else. We couldn’t be complacent. There was a tragedy
unfolding right in front of us. There was violence and blackouts. On a
certain level, if you’re looking the other way, you’re responsible,” he says.