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Two And A Half Men axe for Sheen

Charlie Sheen has been fired from US comedy series Two And A Half Men by Warner Bros Television following the actor's bouts of wild partying, repeated hospitalisations and a bitter media campaign against his studio bosses.

The action was taken after "careful consideration" and is effective immediately, the studio said in a statement. No decision has been made on the show's future without its star, Warner spokesman Paul McGuire said.

Sheen, 45, who has used TV, radio and social media to create a big megaphone for himself, was not silent for long.

In a text to the Associated Press, he responded with the F-word and, "They lose," followed by the word "Trolls". Asked if he planned to sue, Sheen texted back, "Big". As for his next move, Sheen texted, "A big one".

A call to his attorney, Marty Singer, seeking comment was not immediately returned. CBS declined to comment.

The firing capped a rare, raging public battle between a Hollywood star and those who employ him, with Sheen claiming the right to live as he pleased - including the acknowledged use of illegal drugs, although he's said he is currently clean - as long as he showed up sober and ready to work.

Warner and CBS had long faced a balancing act with Sheen as he underwent rehab and two ugly splits from wives No 2 (Denise Richards) and No 3 (Brooke Mueller Sheen). On one side was the wayward star, on the other was TV's most successful and highly lucrative sitcom.

Last month, Warner cancelled the remaining eight episodes of what was intended to be a 24-episode season, citing Sheen's public behaviour and rants against executive producer Chuck Lorre.

In a series of interviews, including with ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today show, Sheen boasted about his "epic" partying, said he's fuelled by "violent hatred" of his bosses and claimed to have kicked drugs at home in his "Sober Valley Lodge".

The actor, who was among TV's highest-paid at a reported 1.8 million dollars per episode, said at one point that he would ask for 3 million dollars if he signed a new contract for future seasons.

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