Just days after the season premiere of “Two and a Half Men” on CBS buried his character Charlie Sheen has settled his legal battle with Warner Bros. Television and show co-creator Chuck Lorre over his firing from the hit sitcom.
As is usual, no one is disclosing the financial terms of the agreement. Just a week ago, though, it was reported that the parties were close to an agreement which would pay Sheen $25 million. He had originally sued for four times that amount.
When he was fired in March, Sheen was the highest-paid actor in television, pulling in $1.2 million per episode. Warner Bros. first shut down production of the show and urged Sheen to enter rehab, then fired him after he made public denunciations of Lorre and Warner Bros., insisting that he was ready to go back to work.
From the legal side, Sheen’s biggest setback was when a judge ruled that the contract language required arbitration, so Sheen could not get the jury trial he had sought.
RBR-TVBR observation: Sheen is working on a TV adaptation of the movie “Anger Management” for Debmar-Mercury and it seems like he’s been working on anger management himself – apologizing to his former cast members on the Emmy broadcast and wishing them well in the new season. That reworking of his public image may also make network executives more willing to bid for the new series.
By the way, the assumed settlement of $25 million is better than a poke in the eye.
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