Charlie Sheen ends years-long messy feud with 'Two and a Half Men' creator Chuck Lorre as they reunite for new series
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: ‘Two and a Half Men’ star Charlie Sheen and creator Chuck Lorre are reportedly reuniting for a new comedy series 12 years after their messy feud. The 57-year-old star will play a pivotal role in the television writer's upcoming Max comedy series, ‘How to Be a Bookie’, which also stars Sebastian Maniscalco in the lead.
The upcoming single-camera comedy, which is written by Lorre and Nick Bakay, follows the life of the veteran bookie, Maniscalco, who battles the looming legalization of sports betting, more volatile clientele, family, coworkers, and a lifestyle that has him bouncing around every nook and cranny of Los Angeles. This new project is part of a TV comeback for Sheen, who also is attached to star in the drama-comedy project ‘Ramble On from Doug Ellin'. The creators have yet not released much specifics regarding the series.
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What happened between Charlie Sheen and Chuck Lorre?
News of Sheen and Lorre's professional reunion comes more than a decade after they worked together on CBS ‘Two and a Half Men’, which saw Sheen playing the role of Charlie Harper. After eight successful seasons, the show helped Sheen become one of the highest-paid actors on TV at that time. However, all his fame came down to dust in 2011 when he made a number of strange comments across various interviews, including bragging about his previous drug use and describing himself as a "high priest Vatican assassin warlock," among other things, Entertainment Tonight reported.
At that time, Sheen also hurled several insults at Lorre and called him a "clown" and a "stupid little man.” Following his erratic behavior, the show was put on hold and Sheen was eventually fired. To play with Sheen’s termination, the show’s producer killed his character in an accident. Later it was revealed in the 2015 series finale that Harper had been alive all this time. The firing left Sheen deeply hurt as he called Chuck "the most miserable f**king douchebag," during an appearance on 'The Kyle and Jackie O’ Show' in 2017. "The most talentless f**king sack of sh*t of f**king stupid this side of La Brea [a famous landmark in LA]," he said at the time, according to Daily Mail.
'It was desperately juvenile'
A year later, Sheen apologized for all of his insults and took responsibility for their dramatic falling out while expressing a desire to repair their relationship. 'He lives close by, I could easily go by and just drop a note under his door with my phone number, which I should, and I will,’ the ‘Wall Street’ star said during an interview with Today Show. Sheen claimed in 2021 that there were "55 different" and better approaches to handling his termination from ‘Two and a Half Men’ that didn't include calling Lorre a "turd" or a "clown."
"I think the growth for me post-meltdown or melt forward or melt somewhere — however, you want to label it — it has to start with absolute ownership of my role in all of it. And it was desperately juvenile," Lorre told Yahoo! News. In 2022, he also admitted that "there were a couple of years" where he "couldn't watch" 'Two and a Half Men' because it "was too hurtful." 'I can enjoy them all now. You know, he did a brilliant job,' he told Variety, adding that he truly enjoyed Sheen's performances in the 177 episodes of their hit series, which aired between 2003 and 2011. "The chemistry between him and Jon and Angus and Holland Taylor," he further added.