CBS Has 'High Level Of Concern' About Sheen

You’ve got to give CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler props. When facing the Television Critics Association on Friday, she said more about Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen and his bad boy behavior –- a current and sordid sticky wicket — than Kara DioGuardi offered the day prior about her months-old and comparatively vanilla American Idol exit.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Sheen partook in another weekend so wild that CBS and Men producer Warner Bros. TV were angling to leverage the high-paid star of TV’s most watched comedy into getting help that sticks. The story goes that Sheen promptly summoned his lawyers to ward off the quasi-intervention.

“We have a high level of concern – how could we not? ” Tassler acknowledged. “This man is a father, he’s got children… so obviously there’s concern on a personal level. But Charlie’s a professional, he comes to work, he does his job extremely well, we’re taping tonight…. It’s very complicated, but we have a very good relationship with Warner Bros., and tremendous trust and respect in the way they’re managing the situation.”

Tassler reiterated that “on a professional level, [Charlie] does his job, he does it well, the show’s a hit. Everybody’s doing their job and things are continuing as planned.”

Pressed further about the situation following her press conference — namely, How does Sheen keep his job when if he were in any other line of work, he’d likely be fired? — Tassler countered, “How do you get fired for going to work and doing your job?”

Do you agree with CBS’ rationalization, that as long as Sheen shows up and puts up, there’s only so much that can or should be done to better his off-set antics?

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  1. Mary Mosholder says:

    She does have a point. If an employee is a highly functioning addict and still doing his job, then he wouldn’t be fired.

  2. Mark says:

    In any other line of work, there would be no press hoarde uncovering all of his maledictions and he’d probably keep his job as long as it didn’t infect his day-to-day productivity.

    So, yes, I buy CBS’ rationalization.

  3. kat887 says:

    It also represents skewed values. They’re focused on the dollars, not bringing pressure to bear to respect the value of a human being.

    • Nada Nuff says:

      …because that’s not their job, nor is it anyone’s place to pressure anyone based on their opinion. Their focus IS the company. They’re choosing not to try and babysit a grown man and, even though I don’t necessarily agree with Sheen’s actions, I agree with that decision.

  4. Yasin says:

    Exactly. Charlie isn’t be a disturbance or an annoyance on set, as long as he comes to work- does it well, then what else can they ask for really? You can’t go and say, you’re not allowed to party blah blah blah, if he’s doing exactly what he’s being paid for.

  5. FragglesRock says:

    I couldn’t agree more, he’s doing his job so why fire him? He’s not on Sesame Street, Two & Half Men is far from a family show. It gets great ratings & I love watching art imitating life imitaing art. That doesn’t mean that he doesn’t need some help or intervention…

  6. Dorian says:

    Leave Sheen alone. Never seen so many people worried about a dude that likes to party. BFD.

  7. Kelly says:

    I am not a viewer of the show and have no specific feelings about Sheen’s work in general. I will say that I think it’s sad that money appears to be trumping potential safety and health here. Sure, he’s a cash cow for a network and a studio. What about the weekend in the future when he doesn’t wake up from a binge or someone gets hurt? I am sure that everyone will be pointing their finger of blame then and taking no responsibility for the actions they could have taken to prevent it. These are powerful people, folks, and they can make things happen….or not. I just hope that the money they have made eases the guilt when this ends in a tragedy. Humanity should be trumping money here and not the other way around. IT’S A TV SHOW! He’s a person.

  8. Matt says:

    They should fire him. Not because of his off-set antics, just cause T&AHM is a terrible show.

  9. Jill says:

    This show is just awful. I cannot understand why it’s still popular. It was good in the beginning, now it’s just filth.

    • Raweezy says:

      it’s still popular cause IT’S FUNNY, you may not like it but the 14 million or so people who watch it think it is

  10. Selbs says:

    Shame on CBS! Whatever happened to taking the so- called “high ground” and setting aside that infamous bottom line. ” Talented?”. I don’t think so. He’s just playing himself – where’s the stretch in that? My only concern is for those members of the cast and crew should anything happen to the show. You can bet your last penny that if we were talking about low ratings, there would be no discussion!

  11. AJ says:

    An ex-coworker of mine would show up to work constantly hungover or still semi-drunk. She did her work (the bare minimum) and she didn’t cause any disruptions. She even got a DUI and they still didn’t fire her. Face it some people can just act however they want and don’t care about the repercussions.

    • Linda says:

      Since when did getting a DUI constitute being fired from their job? I could see if their job entailed driving a vehicle but if it doesn’t and the person does their job without any problems, then it shouldn’t be a reason for termination. Charlie’s showing up at work and doing the job he’s being paid the big money to do without any problems but that being said…..his weekend partying ways are starting to age him prematurely. From last season to this season he looks like he’s aged 10 years!!

  12. Selbs says:

    Shame on CBS! If we were talking about a lower rated show, there would be no discussion. How about taking the higher moral ground and forget about the infamous ” bottom line”? And, frankly, who says he’s so talented? He’s only playing himself – so where’s the stretch? I’m only sorry for the cast and crew should something happen to this foolish show – far better shows have been cancelled for far less provocation. I find it hard to believe Ms. Tassler really meant what she said, or was she just following the party line?

  13. DJ Rogue says:

    Until the day that Charlie starts locking hookers..sorry, PORN stars in the closet on the set of “2&1/2M”, it’s his (and those who read TMZ’s) business.

    If all ya’ll that are so high ‘n mighty and feel personally affected by this situation wanna do something about it – STOP WATCHING!

  14. jackaguiar says:

    People vote for this type of activity by watching the show.
    If you want it corrected, quit watching. Otherwise you are part of the problem.

  15. BrianR says:

    The show will end when he drives his car off a cliff in a drunken haze unfortunately. So far two have ended up “stolen” and crashed at the bottom of a ravine.

  16. WhatHappensinVegas says:

    Ok, so no one else was in Vegas, with Porn Stars, drinking Grey Goose, at any number of casinos? Paris Hilton gets caught with cocaine and gets a pass, Charlie has some grey goose and a good time, and all of a sudden its intervention time?

    You get fired for not showing up, you get fired for not doing your job, you don’t get fired for having a little fun when you are not at work. It’s ridiculous.

  17. toast says:

    In other words.. they’re going to let him keep doing what he’s doing until he dies or winds up in prison. Ahhh… Hollywood never fails.

  18. Raweezy says:

    as a viewer i enjoy watching two and a half men,its still funny and cracks me up watching it. Charlie turns up,does what is expected of can he be fired for doing what his CBS contract states??

  19. sylver says:

    If they were to take him off the show “for his own good” it would likely lead to a spiral into even worse behavior. At the moment I am willing to bet his call times are the only things keeping him from partying non-stop 24/7. They can’t force him into rehab all they could do is take away his job as a threat and it is likely he would take his syndication royalties to Vegas instead.

    Once the show ends he may find it hard to find another project willing to take a risk with him but I’m sure he’s not thinking that far ahead.