On Christmas Day 2009, Sheen was arrested for assault in Colorado on charges related to domestic violence. Then-wife Brooke Mueller told a 911 operator that Sheen threatened her with a switchblade. CBS had no comment for two weeks, and then at a TV critics press tour, CBS entertainment chief Nina Tassler insisted, "We're being very sensitive to the fact that it's a very personal and very private matter for Charlie. It has no impact on the network. His show is proceeding along with its regular production schedule and has had no impact. Right now, it's business as usual."
That says it all. CBS is in complete denial that Sheen's "very private matters" are all over the national media, and it's "business as usual" for CBS executives to plead "no impact" and ignore it all.
Last February, when Sheen entered rehab as part of a plea bargain, they played the patsy again: "We wish him nothing but the best as he deals with this personal matter." Then in May, following gossip that Sheen would quit CBS, they renewed his contract at the new millionaire-every-week level.
Asked why CBS made the deal, Tassler responded: "Because the show is called 'Two and a Half Men.' It's not called 'One and a Half.' Because it is the show, his point of view. He's a big star. We're so thrilled to have him back. I think we value our stars and our actors."
They may value Sheen as an actor -- but they don't really value him as a human being.
In November, Sheen trashed a New York hotel and partied with porn star Capri Anderson, who later told ABC she felt threatened when he put his hands around her neck. But Entertainment Weekly notes these stories have "never damaged his public persona."
In the last original show before production stopped, show creator and producer Chuck Lorre's trademark "vanity card" comment that flashes for seconds at the end of the show joked that he'd be upset if Sheen outlived him. Sheen wasn't upset. He told the Dan Patrick radio show he loved it: "I took it as a huge compliment. He basically wrote a brilliant little piece of literature and called me Superman."
Charlie Sheen is "Superman" to CBS -- which tells you everything you need to know about how this network wouldn't know immorality if ... it threatened them with a switchblade.
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