Nina Tassler, President of CBS Entertainment, opened the network’s Television Critics Association executive session Friday by addressing the personal troubles of the network’s biggest star.
“Well, I really didn’t expect that question this morning,” she joked when one reporter asked about “Two and a Half Men” star Charlie Sheen’s latest woes.
“Look, obviously we have thought, and I personally have thought a lot about this. And we have a high level of concern. How could we not? This man is a father. He’s got children; he has family. But you can’t look at it simplistically,” she said.
The fact is, from a business standpoint, everything is going quite well with the sitcom, the network’s number one show, featuring the highest paid television star on the small screen today.
“Charlie is professional,” continued Tassler. “He comes to work. He does his job extremely well. We’re taping tonight.
“It’s very complicated, but we have a very good relationship with [production studio] Warner Brothers, and a tremendous trust and respect in the way they are managing the situation. So on a personal level, [I'm] obviously concerned. On a professional level, he does his job, he does it well, the show’s a hit, and that’s really all I have to say.”
Sheen’s well-documented troubles with alcohol and substances most recently exposed that the actor was on what was described as an “epic bender” in Las Vegas over the weekend of Jan. 8. Prior to that, he reportedly trashed a New York hotel room in October.
“Right now, the show is continuing to be as successful as it always is,” added Tassler. “Everyone is doing their job and things are continuing as planned.”
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