In a move that drew an immediate public response from Charlie Sheen, Warner Bros. announced Monday that it has fired the actor for what the company called “moral turpitude,” TMZ.com reported.
The company, which produces Sheen’s CBS hit “Two and a Half Men,” reportedly sent an 11-page letter to Sheen’s lawyer that said in part, “Your client has been engaged in dangerously self-destructive conduct and appears to be very ill."
Sheen responded with the following statement, according to TMZ.com:
"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 their bazillions, never have to look at whatshiscock again and I never have to put on those silly shirts for as long as this warlock exists in the terrestrial dimension."
The letter from Warner Bros. reportedly cites Sheen’s trashing of a room in New York’s Plaza Hotel, along with alleged cocaine binges and failure to perform on the set due to drug fatigue, the story says.
The letter cites a clause in Sheen’s contract that reportedly gives the company the right to fire a performer who is guilty of "a felony offense involving moral turpitude," according to the story.
The firing presumably ends Sheen’s involvement with “Two and a Half Men,” and comes the same day that earlier rumors circulated that indicated the actor might be negotiating behind the scenes to return to the show. The rumors essentially had Sheen staying and show creator Chuck Lorre–the main target of recent tirades by Sheen–exiting the show.
Lorre apparently has the backing of Warner Bros., which listed Sheen’s verbal attacks on Lorre among the reasons for the actor’s dismissal, according to the story.
The studio also reportedly is reserving its right to take legal action against the actor.