Charlie Sheen plans to sue CBS, says he'll return to show for $3M an episode
(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen has walked on the wild side, pushed the limits, and tested the patience of his bosses for a long time. Now, the actor says he wants $1.2 million raise to come back to the CBS show "Two and a Half Men" and claims he plans to sue CBS.
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."
Sheen took to the radio this week to rant about his qualms with the production of his CBS TV show, "Two and a Half Men," as reports surface that the actor has a new woman in his life: pot queen Natalie "Natty Baby" Kenly.
He 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 RadarOnline.com had Sheen's blood and urine tested for drugs over the weekend.
The results were "a big win for Charlie Sheen, no question," said RadarOnline.com'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."
CBS Entertainment had not commented by press time. CBS Entertainment and CBS News are owned by the same parent company.
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