FILE - In this July 20, 2005 file photo, actor Charlie Sheen, right, co-star of "Two and a Half Men," and Chuck Lorre, executive producer of the show, are shown during the CBS portion of the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, file) Original Filename: People Charlie Sheen.JPEG-00455.jpg
LOS ANGELES - CBS canceled production of "Two and a Half Men" for the rest of the season Thursday, quickly striking back at Charlie Sheen's venomous rant against the hit show's creator.
The hard partying star called his sitcom boss Chuck Lorre a "clown," "turd" - and a "contaminated little maggot." And he inexplicably harped on Lorre's Jewish birth name - "Chaim Levine."
"Based on the totality of Charlie Sheen's statements, conduct and condition, CBS and Warner Bros. Television have decided to discontinue production of 'Two and a Half Men' for the remainder of the season," the companies said in a statement released Thursday.
An undaunted Sheen immediately struck back in an open letter to TMZ.com.
"What does this say about Haim Levine after he tried to use his words to judge and attempt to degrade me," Sheen wrote.
"I gracefully ignored this folly for 177 shows ... I fire back once and this contaminated little maggot can't handle my power and can't handle the truth," he went on. "I wish him nothing but pain in his silly travels especially if they wind up in my octagon."
He boasted that he had "defeated this earthworm with my words" and implied that Lorre is lucky he didn't use his "fire breathing fists."
He implored his fans to rally around him.
"I urge all my beautiful and loyal fans who embraced this show for almost a decade to walk with me side-by-side as we march up the steps of justice to right this unconscionable wrong," Sheen wrote.
Hours earlier, Sheen, in a shocking and wide-ranging interview on a Los Angeles radio station, also insisted he can heal his addictions with his mind. He declared he didn't need the "cult" of Alcoholics Anonymous, calling its many members a bunch of "sissies."
"I have a disease? Bull----. I cured it with my brain," he said, adding that he preferred the company of his girlfriends - a porn star and a marijuana magazine covergirl - to the "bootleg cult."
"I'm dealing with fools and trolls," Sheen said, describing the backlash to his recent party spiral.
"They lay down with their ugly wives in front of their ugly children and just look at their loser lives and then they look at me and say 'I can't process it," he told controversial radio host Alex Jones.
Jones, who believes 9/11 was an inside government job, was speechless.
Sheen then blasted Lorre for imposing a month-long production hiatus so the actor could recover from a bender than put him in the hospital.
"I embarrassed him in front of his children and the world by healing at a pace that his un-evolved mind cannot process," he said. "I've spent close to the last decade, I don't know, effortlessly and magically converting (his) tin cans into pure gold."