Speaking Point: Even though Sheen never brought his addictions to work, did CBS have a right to remove him from the air? It begs a conversation about the private lives versus public lives. When private lives become public, does an employer have a right to take action against what you do on your own time? Are celebrities held to a different standard as they carry a public persona of the company?
Speaking Point: Hollywood is unsure of how to deal with their stars when they go rogue. Their refusal to hold them to ethical norms makes celebrities mutate into narcissistic personalities. Is CBS responsible for creating this ‘warlock?’
Speaking Point: Should studios be allowing such problematic people on TV, paying them extravagantly, and allowing them into our homes? Can this be seen as a reward for their behavior?
Speaking Point: After halting production, and later canceling “Two and a Half Men,” CBS finally took a stance and said enough is enough. But this was at a very heavy cost –could exceed $200 million in lost licensing revenue to Warner Bros.
Speaking Point: As the LA Times’ Mary McNamara put it: “If you are the star of a hit comedy on CBS, you can keep your job in spite of accusations of: threatening your pregnant second wife; holding a knife to your third wife’s throat on Christmas Day; and indulging in cocaine-fueled weekends during which your bizarre behavior causes your female companion to fear for her life. But say mean things about Chuck Lorre and you Are toast.”
Speaking Point: Sheen has been described as "an indispensable component of that exceedingly rare type of TV smash, one so profitable it ends up funding years of overhead and often-fruitless program development. That is what has made him among the highest-paid actors in history, with a paycheck estimated at nearly $2 million per episode."
Speaking Point: Sheen is not subject to a "morals clause" in his contract,
Speaking Point: CBS is deciding whether to continue the show in another direction – replace him with another actor or continue the show without his character. In the meantime the power play will take place under the media’s spotlight and can possibly have the strength to create ground rules for future celebrity and studio contracts.
Speaking Point: Sheen is not subject to a "morals clause" in his contract, which would allow CBS to fire him for embarrassing behavior. However, if CBS feels as though he has performed acts of “moral turpitude” they may have a stronger case against him.