‘Two and a Half Men’ Star Charlie Sheen Recalls Being Confronted by CBS’ CEO, Being Told to Go to Rehab

by Quentin Blount
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Once the highest-paid actor on television, Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen discusses some of his fall from grace in a recent interview with Yahoo! Entertainment.

There is one moment in particular that Sheen wishes he could go back in time to change. It involved an exchange with former CBS CEO Les Moonves.

“There’s a moment when Les Moonves and his top lawyer, Bruce, were at my house and they said, ‘OK, the Warner jet is fueled up on the runway,” the actor recalls. “‘Wheels up in an hour and going to rehab, right?’ My first thought was sort of like really … there’s some comedy value to what my first thought was,” Sheen says.

“In that moment, when I said, ‘Oh, damn, I finally get the Warner jet.’ That’s all I heard. But if I could go back in time to that moment, I would’ve gotten on the jet. And it was that giant left turn in that moment that led to, you know, a very unfortunate sequence of public and insane events.”

Based on the response from Charlie Sheen in the interview, he clearly has regrets about the way things went down.

Charlie Sheen Thought He Was #Winning

Charlie Sheen was famously let go from the CBS comedy series Two and a Half Men after insulting the creator of the show, Chuck Lorre. Production company Warner Bros. Television wrote a letter to Sheen’s lawyer saying that he had “engaged in dangerously self-destructive conduct and appears to be very ill.”

Charlie Sheen then went on a series of profanity-laced rants on his new Twitter account expressing his frustration.

Meanwhile, in his first-ever tweet, the star actor wrote, “Winning..! Choose your Vice… #winning #chooseyourvice.” That tweet was posted ten years ago on March 1, 2011. He would go on to use the catchphrase “winning!” multiple times throughout his week-long media circus.

But today, Sheen refers to his behavior as a “desperately juvenile.”

“There was 55 different ways for me to handle that situation, and I chose number 56,” Sheen explains. “And so, you know, I think the growth for me post-meltdown or melt forward or melt somewhere — however you want to label it — it has to start with absolute ownership of my role in all of it. And it was desperately juvenile.”

After his termination, Charlie Sheen would go on to continue his acting career. He made his return to TV with a new sitcom, Anger Management, in 2012. However, the FX show only lasted two seasons.

More recently, Sheen has since made occasional appearances on other shows. That includes the ABC sitcom The Goldbergs and a few other small films. But Yahoo! Entertainment says that the actor is working on developing a new show. They quote him as saying that people will “celebrate me again for what I actually do for a living.”