TV-MOVIES

Why Charlie
Sheen Didn't
Return For The
Two And A Half
Men Finale

By HEATHER E. SCHWARTZ

In 2011, Charlie Sheen was fired from the hit show “Two and a Half Men” mostly due to his very public verbal attacks on the show’s creator Chuck Lorre. Sheen responded to his dismissal by stating, “This is very good news. [...] I never have to put on those silly shirts for as long as this warlock exists in the terrestrial dimension.”

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The show survived Sheen's departure by killing off his character and bringing in Ashton Kutcher, but the producers had hoped Sheen would reprise the role for the last episode. In the original final scene, he would ring the doorbell, rant to the camera about drug abuse, and then a piano would fall from the sky, killing him.

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Sheen, however, was looking for an ending that would help launch “The Harpers,” a spinoff he envisioned, starring himself and Cryer. When the network passed on his idea, he refused to appear in the finale, which still ended with Charlie Harper's death by piano.

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It was a sad end to Sheen's tenure on “Two and a Half Men,” but not the end of his career or his personal growth. Years later, he admits he could have done better and has taken ownership of his role in the fallout.

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