Sheen: I Want A Raise To Return To Show

NEW YORK (CBS/AP) — Charlie Sheen says he wants a raise to come back to the CBS show “Two and a Half Men.”

KNX 1070’s Jon Baird Reports

The troubled star appeared on dueling morning show interviews Monday to continue an attack on CBS and producers of his hit sitcom for shutting down the show because of his off-set behavior. Both ABC’s “Good Morning America” and NBC’s “Today” show aired lengthy segments of their interviews in their first and second half hours.

It was startling television that overshadowed morning-after Oscars coverage. Sheen boasted about his “epic” partying, said he’s fueled by “violent hatred” of his bosses, said he cleaned up from drugs at home at his “Sober Valley Lodge” and said he’s “tired of pretending I’m not a total, bitchin’ rock star from Mars.”

NBC interviewer Jeff Rossen appeared taken aback when Sheen said he wanted to be paid $3 million an episode to return to the show. He’s reportedly paid $1.8 million an episode now, one of the highest-paid actors on television.

“You want a raise?” Rossen asked.

Replied Sheen: “Yeah, look what they put me through.”

On ABC, Sheen said to correspondent Andrea Canning that he planned to sue his bosses.

“Wouldn’t you?” he said. “I’ve got a whole family to support and love. People beyond me are relying on that. I’m here to collect. They’re going to lose. They’re going to lose in a courtroom, so I would recommend that they settle out of court.”

While Sheen said in a radio interview last week that it would be impossible to do a ninth season of “Two and a Half Men” with the show’s creators in charge, he said in the television interviews he’s ready to work another season.

He apologized for remarks some considered anti-Semitic that he made about his producer Chuck Lorre, prompting the end to production.

But, Sheen said CBS owes him an apology, “publicly, while licking my feet.”

Sheen, who was hospitalized three times in three months, said that he’s bored now with cocaine. But he said he “exposed people to magic” when they partied with him and that he loved doing drugs.

“What’s not to love?” he said on ABC. “Especially when you see how I party. It was epic. The run I was on made Sinatra, Flynn, Jagger, Richards just look like droopy-eyed armless children.”

ABC and Radar Online had Sheen’s blood and urine tested for drugs over the weekend.

The results were “a big win for Charlie Sheen, no question,” said Radar’s Dylan Howard. He said the dual tests revealed Sheen hadn’t had drugs in at least 72 hours.

When Canning asked Sheen whether the people who supplied him with drugs were out of his life, Sheen hesitated.

“That’s nobody’s business,” he said. “I think you know the answer to that.”

The interviews heightened the competition between the two top-rated morning shows. ABC spokeswoman Alison Bridgman said Sheen had promised Saturday that ABC would get the only television interview last weekend but “changed his mind.” Both “Today” and “Good Morning America” said they planned to air more segments of their interview on Tuesday, and ABC is planning a “20/20” special with Sheen on Tuesday.

Both networks had their own boasts: “Today” said Sheen had given NBC his “first morning show interview,” while ABC said it had gotten the “first television interview since the controversy erupted.”

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  • Den

    What a greedy Jerk as if 1.8 million is not enough for his coke habit. Besides, the show is not that good. They use sex for jokes which isn’t saying much.

    • LLG

      AMEN!!! Its just trash, he needs to be commited instead of being paid anything!!

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  • JM

    What am idiot to think anyone gets paid 1.8 mil for a half hour comedy show is ridicules he should be grateful because that’s the only reason why any women hang around him cause it’s sure not for his looks

  • sick_of_Sheen

    Um, I hate to break it to ya, Mr. Sheen, but nobody put you through anything except yourself. Or did I miss the news report that detailed how CBS’s CEO put a gun to your head and made you snort coke? What a child! Grow up and be responsible for ONCE! Robert Downey Jr. did and he’s turned out to be quite a success.

  • Ewwww Charlie!

    What a delusional POS!

    This guy is an ungrateful, disgusting and obviously delusional crazy who feels that he is owed something by the public or those who employ him!

    Quit giving him air time! I’m glad some are not enabling his disgusting dispicable behavior any longer!

  • PL

    CBS should counter his offer
    He’s not worth 2 cents with that ego
    John Cryer and the rest of the cast deserves more $ and more respect

  • Buck

    Let the dude party. Leave him alone. If the news quits taking his calls he will be belittled.

  • Dottie

    CBS please stick to your guns. I’m so sick of that foul mouthed addict getting his way because of his name. I’m also tired of seeing his name on the news every time I pull it up on the internet or TV.

  • katy

    There are always 2 parts of a story there is charlies story, and writers, cbs, directors. we really don’t know what is going on, but he is soberd up now and seeing things we are not there is a story out there we might not no to much now but it will come out. only time will tell. what happens behind closed doors , normally makes an appearence .

  • Calgal

    The more he opens his mouth, the further down the rat hole he’s going to fall. He needs to get off his high horse and prove to people with his actions that he has his head on straight. Making stupid comments about wanting a raise isn’t going to endear him to anyone right now.

  • BOGO

    We need to stop watching him. It is unfortunate for the other actors and support personnel, but the public needs to turn away from Mr Sheen until he gets his act under control and demonstrates sobriety for a significant period of time. 72 hours sober may be a record for him, but it really doesn’t prove much. There are plenty of other actors who will fill the void…

  • tastelikechiken

    change the name of the show to ” one and a 1/2 men and a sniveling spoiled fool”. hhhhhmmmm…. just might work lol.

  • c-man

    Charlie, you put yourself thru everything. You should be grateful that you still have what you have. Keep doing what you are doing, and you will lose it all. Do yourself a favor and surrender to the disease of addiction and do that first step.

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