In the span of a month or so Charlie Sheen has gone from being the world's biggest (and arguably highest-paid, besides Seth MacFarlane) TV star to a crazy guy with webisodes who has weed named after him.
After canceling this season of Two and a Half Men following Sheen's anti-semitic rant against its creator, Warner Brothers today made it official and fired Sheen for good.
The last time Sheen went off the deep end it ended up being good for a raise. This time he seems to have gone too far.
What will become of the nation's number-one sitcom?
Rumors had John Stamos joining.
Sheen's lawyer, meanwhile, says Warner and CBS still owe him for the remainder of his $1.3-million per episode contract, which runs until the end of next season.
" ... This is very good news," Sheen said of his firing, according to the New York Times. "They continue to be in breach, like so many whales ..."
This is more fun than watching TV.
Update: Warner Brothers' "you're fired" letter to Sheen's attorney was leaked to some outlets, including The Wrap. It's pretty juicy and includes a claim, for example, that Sheen was spiraling out of control long before these last few weeks hit the tabloids.
The letter also claims that showrunner Chuck Lorre -- the target of Sheen's recent anti-semitic rant -- was actually the most adamant about trying to help the star:
Your client has been engaged in dangerously self-destructive conduct and appears to be very ill. For months before the suspension of production, Mr. Sheen's erratic behavior escalated while his condition deteriorated. His declining condition undermined the production in numerous and significant ways. Now, the entire world knows Mr. Sheen's condition from his alarming outbursts over just the last few weeks. Warner Bros., CBS, and Chuck Lorre have done everything within their power to get Mr. Sheen the help he so badly and obviously needs ...
First posted at 2:05 p.m.