Charlie Sheen's party-loving bachelor character on "Two and a Half Men," Charlie Harper, may be killed off, reports say, months after the actor was axed from the hit CBS comedy series.
A spokesperson for the network declined comment. Production company Warner Bros. Television and Sheen, 45, have not responded.
CBS News cited a TMZ report that said series co-creator Chuck Lorre, who Sheen insulted repeatedly in on-air rants before he was fired in March, wants to make sure Sheen can never return to the show.
Ashton Kutcher was cast on the show in May. The fate of Sheen's character remains unclear.CBS said in a statement announcing Kutcher's casting that production on the upcoming ninth season of "Two and a Half Men," the network's most successful sitcom, would begin this summer. TMZ said "producers have been kicking around scenarios" for the demise of Sheen's character, "which include Charlie driving a car over a cliff."
One of Sheen's actual cars, a Mercedes-Benz, was driven off a cliff near his home on Mulholland Drive in the Hollywood Hills in June 2010, months after another one of his vehicles, a Mercedes-Benz SUV, was found at the bottom of the same ravine.
Also early that year, Sheen, who has battled substance abuse for years, checked himself into a rehab facility. He also underwent treatment in early 2011, just before his on-air rants and firing from "Two and a Half Men."
Meanwhile the website RadarOnline.com, said Sheen had signed a new sitcom deal with the production company Lionsgate Television, although one of its spokespeople said she was unable to confirm the report.
Warner Bros. Television said in its firing letter that the actor had "been engaged in dangerously self-destructive conduct and appears to be very ill." Sheen called his firing "illegal" and later sued CBS and Warner Bros. Television for $100 million over his firing. The case will be sent to a private arbitrator, who will decide how the case will proceed, and will not go to trial, a Los Angeles judge ruled on June 15.
Lorre and the program's production company, Warner Bros., were ordered by the court to file a status report of the proceedings before the arbitrator on or before Nov. 30. and the case is set to be reviewed two days later, according to legal documents obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com.