Charlie Sheen enters rehab, TV show on hold

LOS ANGELES Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:33pm EST

Actor Charlie Sheen gestures towards the media as he leaves the Pitkin County Courthouse after a sentencing hearing in Aspen, Colorado August 2, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Actor Charlie Sheen gestures towards the media as he leaves the Pitkin County Courthouse after a sentencing hearing in Aspen, Colorado August 2, 2010.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Two and A Half Men" actor Charlie Sheen has entered rehab, his publicist said on Friday, a day after being hospitalized following reports of a 36-hour drug and drink-fueled party at his home.

CBS television said that production on "Two and A Half Men" -- the highest rated TV comedy in the United States -- was being put on hold as a result, and that it supported Sheen's decision.

"Charlie Sheen has voluntarily entered an undisclosed rehabilitation center today. He is most grateful to all who have expressed their concern," the actor's spokesman Stan Rosenfield told Reuters.

Rosenfield said that Sheen had asked for his privacy to be respected and that no additional informational will be provided.

Sheen, 45, the highest paid actor on U.S. television, was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital with severe abdominal pains on Thursday. He left the hospital late on Thursday and was earlier said to be planning to return to the set of the TV show as scheduled next Tuesday.

"Due to Charlie Sheen's decision to enter a rehabilitation center, CBS, Warner Bros. Television and executive producer Chuck Lorre are placing 'Two and a Half Men' on production hiatus," CBS said in a statement.

"We are profoundly concerned for his health and well-being, and support his decision," the statement added.

Sheen reportedly earns about $27.5 million a year for his starring role as a womanizing bachelor on "Two and A Half Men," the No. 1 comedy on U.S. television with some 15 million weekly viewers.

But his personal issues, including stints in rehab, an admitted penchant for porn stars and prostitutes, and a 2009 attack on his wife, have dominated headlines for the past year.

CBS entertainment chief Nina Tassler told journalists earlier this month that the network had a "high level of concern" about Sheen's personal life, but that he had always behaved professionally at work. Warner Bros Television produces the comedy.

Sheen was taken by stretcher to an ambulance early on Thursday morning with what were described as severe abdominal pains. Friends said the pains were the result of a previous hernia injury.

But the explanation was met with skepticism after celebrity website claimed that Sheen had been partying for 36 hours at his house, and had been seen smoking cocaine.

In October, New York police found him drunk in a trashed hotel room with a naked porn star. His spokesman said at the time he had an allergic reaction to medication.

Sheen, the son of "West Wing" actor Martin Sheen, has a long history of addiction. He was ordered to rehab by a court in Aspen, Colorado, last August after pleading guilty to attacking his then third wife during an alcohol-fueled argument on Christmas Day 2009.

He also spent time in rehab in 1998 after being hospitalized for a drug overdose.

(Editing by Nichola Groom)

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Comments (6)
DrJJJJ wrote:
Two and half men is absolute garbage-and it’s the #1 comedy in the US?? When your morals are in the trash can, your country will soon be too! Garbage in, garbage out!

Jan 27, 2011 8:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
p57 wrote:
I find it amazing as well as surprising to learn that Charlie Sheen is the highest paid TV actor. His deplorable personal values and actions should not allow him to hold this status, particularly when there are any number of excellent actors who, so far as I know, live decent lives and care about themselves as well as others. While C. Sheen has a pain in his abdomen the rest of us find it to be a pain in our butts.

Jan 28, 2011 9:51am EST  --  Report as abuse
StreaknRican wrote:
This is my opinion, so bear with me here……Charlie gets paid to act, he desn’t get paid to be a role model, he doesn’t get paid to show you good behavior, he gets paid to make people laugh. Now the fact that his character on “Two and a Half Men” seems to mirror his own personal character only makes the show more halarious in my opinion. But what the hey, its his life, its his money and utimately its his health. Remember, it’s a free country. If you don’t like his show and style of comedy, then change the channel. Esay solution, that doesn’t require a censor, it only requires that you exercise your remote control.

Jan 28, 2011 10:27am EST  --  Report as abuse
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