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.”
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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?