Well, it looks like Charlie Sheen is back in meltdown mode, and this time, his ire has been directed at one of his castmates on FX’s Anger Management.
TMZ broke the story that Sheen had costar Selma Blair fired from the comedy series, apparently declaring that he would refuse to work if Blair remained on-set. The cause for this meltdown was word getting back to Sheen that Blair had described him to Anger Management execs as a menace to work with, citing that the actor is often late and has a questionable work ethic on top of it all.
Deadline then followed up on the story, reporting that Sheen went on an abusive tirade against Blair, sending her “abusive, expletives-filled texts,” calling her a “c–t,” among other things, while threatening to leave the series altogether.
The series is only halfway through its 90-episode order with the network, signed under a lucrative syndication model. This deal is likely what has prompted the show’s producers to side with Sheen in the argument, as the actor remains one of TV’s bigger draws. The series premiere of Anger Management last year scored 5.74 million viewers to become the most-watched sitcom premiere in cable history. However, the creative forces behind the show are purported to be pursuing a few creative changes for the series, as ratings have been sagging as of late.
The show’s producers at Lionsgate declared for Team Sheen by issuing an official statement saying, “We are confirming that Selma Blair will not be returning to Anger Management and we wish her the very best.”
However, even with Blair gone, Sheen — an executive producer on the series — hasn’t backed off on his desire to call the shots, independent of what the creative forces behind the show might want, or what the network can afford: Sheen now reportedly wants to offer Mila Kunis a 10-episode arc on the show at $1 million per episode. No word yet on whether she’ll accept, but one wonders if maybe Blair didn’t have a point after all.
But the show must go on, as Deadline updates that Blair’s role as Sheen’s therapist will not be recast. Instead, a casting notice has been sent out for a new female series regular to fill the void left in Blair’s wake. As for Blair herself, she will still be paid per her contract. In addition, no legal action is on the table, at least not at the moment.