Charlie Sheen’s Character Returns to ‘Two and a Half Men’… as Kathy Bates

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Charlie Harper is returning to “Two and a Half Men!” It just won’t be Charlie Sheen reprising the role.

Instead, Harper-who was killed off in the season premiere of the popular CBS sitcom last fall after Sheen’s falling out with series creator Chuck Lorre-will now be played by someone about 20 years older… and female. Yes, “Harry’s Law” star Kathy Bates will take on the role, according to The Hollywood Reporter, where she will appear as a Harper’s ghost after Jon Cryer’s character suffers a heart attack and is visited by the spirit while in the hospital.

The actress will appear in the April 30 episode of the show.

Sheen, meanwhile, will return to television sets around the country in his new series “Anger Management” for FX.

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