While speaking at an investor conference in San Francisco Tuesday, CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves — who has been called out by name in several of Sheen’s televised rants — made his first public comments on the now infamous downfall of TV’s top sitcom.
“Short term, it’s actually financially a gainer for us,” Moonves mused, referring to the decision to scrap the remaining eight episodes of Men‘s season while airing repeats — which are actually drawing solid ratings for the network.
“I’m not saying long term I want this to go on, or it’s great,” added Moonves. “Going down the road, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I hope it’s back. We’ll see.”
Of course, Sheen’s erratic behavior and media blitz was addressed as well, and Moonves did so with class and just a touch of humor.
“He’s on the air quite a bit these days,” he laughed. “I wish he would have worked this hard to promote himself for an Emmy.”
Meanwhile, Men showrunner Chuck Lorre, whose episode-ending vanity cards fueled Sheen’s public outrage, has written another anecdote, which seemingly addresses current events.
In a vanity card closing CBS’ Mike & Molly Monday night, Lorre wrote:
“I understand that I’m under a lot of pressure to respond to certain statements made about me recently. The following are my uncensored thoughts. I hope this will put an end to any further speculation.
I believe that consciousness creates the illusion of individuation, the false feeling of being separate. In other words, I am aware, ergo I am alone. I further believe that this existential misunderstanding is the prime motivating force for the neurotic compulsion to blot out consciousness. This explains the paradox of our culture, which celebrates the ego while simultaneously promoting its evisceration with drugs and alcohol. It also clarifies our deep-seated fear of monolithic, one-minded systems like communism, religious fundamentalism, zombies and invaders from Mars. Each one is a dark echo of an oceanic state of unifying transcendence from which consciousness must, by nature, flee. The Fall from Grace is, in fact, a Sprint from Grace. Or perhaps more accurately, “Screw Grace, I am so outta here!”
As a matter of fact, the stream-of-consciousness-style card left us with many. What message do you think Lorre was attempting to communicate? Hit the comments with your theories!