Charlie Sheen vs. CBS: We Know Who's Winning Now

Sheri Reed

Charlie Sheen Jon Cryer Two and a Half MenIs Charlie Sheen getting his job back? Well, not everyone at CBS is ready to let Sheen go for good. In fact, and others are reporting that CBS President and CEO Les Moonves is in talks with top executives at Warner Bros. Television, and he's hoping to work out a solution to rehire Sheen and bring him back to Two and a Half Men.

Wow. Doesn't anyone have any pride or integrity anymore? Any shame? Drug use and mental illness aside, who in their right mind would ever let an employee badmouth them like Sheen shockingly badmouthed Chuck Lorre and then bring him back to work.

Oh right ... money-grubbing TV execs that's who ...

It's pretty obvious that CBS is trying to woo Charlie back. Right now on the Two and a Half Men website, they have a special homepage dedicated to Sheen that says, "Best of Charlie: Check out some of Charlie's best moments through the years." Not the sort of nostalgia-invoking stunt most employers who have been royally screwed over dedicate to their ex-employees. And there's more talk of CBS's wooing ways as well.

According to RadarOnline, an insider told them: 

Moonves wants to get the show back on the air. He's all for it. He says certain people need to forget anything and everything Charlie's done recently and just move on with the business at hand.

The core issue is, as he put it, the volatile relationship between Charlie Sheen and Chuck Lorre. He believes that if CBS and Warner Bros. TV honchos can find a way to get Chuck and Charlie to speak again, cooler heads will prevail.

NBC's Jeff Rossen, who conducted the multi-part interview with Sheen and spent a lot of time with Charlie right after his rants began, just tweeted:

Sources close to Charlie Sheen tell NBC News, CBS has offered him his job back. Discussions ongoing. Not a done deal.

Now I know it's typical for TV producers to have their hands full with idiosyncrasies of "the talent." As demonstrated by Sheen and Lohan and countless others, actors can be a crazy bunch, which can make working with them extra difficult. And when they start to feel special or irreplaceable, I imagine this makes for an even worse work situation. I keep thinking about poor Liz Lemon on 30 Rock and how she's always going crazy trying to wrangle her super-nutty talent -- Jenna Maroney and Tracy Morgan.

However, what does it say about a network who's willing to forgive and forget such blatant disrespect from an actor, who either has gone off the deep end and needs help or is playing the "crazy card" to make some cash. If it's the former, then CBS looks self-serving for putting ratings and money before an actor's mental health. If it's the latter, CBS looks like a pushover that's getting duped. The more likely and most disgusting scenario? CBS heard about all the dough Charlie stands to rake in doing his traveling roadshow and is just trying to cash in on Charlie's crazytown antics.

Gosh, Charlie's ego, whether real, delusional, or drug-induced, is already big as house. If CBS comes crawling back -- no doubt, waving more than the previous $2 million an episode -- there will be no stopping Sheen. He'll think he and his winningness rule the network -- and sadly, he won't be wrong.

What do you think? Should CBS hire back Charlie Sheen? Why or why not?


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