Warner Brothers has fired Charlie Sheen from Two and a Half Men. Gossip Cop has the details:
“After careful consideration, Warner Bros. Television has terminated Charlie Sheen’s services on ‘Two and a Half Men’ effective immediately,” Warner Bros. tells Gossip Cop in a statement.
“No decision’s been made on the future of the show,” a rep for Warner Bros. tells Gossip Cop, which leaves open the possibility, at least for now, that a Sheen-less “Two and a Half Men” could air next year.
CBS shut down the current season on February 24 amid growing controversy over Sheen’s off-camera antics.
UPDATE: Sheen has responded to the decision.
“This is very good news. They continue to be in breach, like so many whales. It is a big day of gladness at the Sober Valley Lodge because now I can take all of the bazillions, never have to look at whatshiscock again and I never have to put on those silly shirts for as long as this warlock exists in the terrestrial dimension,” the actor says in a statement to TMZ.
Rep. Peter King of New York is holding hearings on Radical Islam. Some in the Muslim community don’t like this, thinking that it is a witch hunt against Muslims. The Blaze says that Congressman King isn’t planning on backing down:
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) won’t be bullied or swayed by celebrities or rallies. That’s the message he sent during an appearance on “Fox & Friends” Monday morning while discussing plans to hold hearings on radical Islam in America.
King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, didn’t mince words while sticking to his position that radical Islam is, and should be, a concern in the United States.
UPDATE: Here’s a more recent post about Beck leaving Fox News (mostly).
Below is the original post from March 7.
New York Times correspondent David Carr speculates:
He still has numbers that just about any cable news host would envy and, with about two million viewers a night, outdraws all his competition combined. But the erosion is significant enough that Fox News officials are willing to say — anonymously, of course; they don’t want to be identified as criticizing the talent — that they are looking at the end of his contract in December and contemplating life without Mr. Beck.
On the other side, people who work for Mr. Beck point out that he could live without Fox News. Unlike some other cable hosts, Mr. Beck has a huge multiplatform presence: he has sold around four million books, is near the top of talk-radio ratings, has a growing Web site called The Blaze, along with a stage performance that still packs houses. Forbes estimated that his company, Mercury Radio Arts, had more than $30 million in revenue.