CBS concerned about Charlie Sheen but show goes on

Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:11pm EST
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - CBS television said on Friday it was highly concerned about the personal life of "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen but gave no indication it planned to yank the top-rated U.S. comedy off the air.

"We have a high level of concern. How could we not?", CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler told television journalists, responding to questions about persistent reports of drinking and partying by Sheen.

"On a basic human level, there is concern that this man is a father, he has children, he has a family. But you can't look at it simplistically. Charlie is a professional, he comes to work, he does his job extremely well. It is very complicated," Tassler said.

Tassler suggested that "Two and a Half Men" would remain on the network's schedule, at least for the time being.

"On a professional level, he does his job, he does it well. The show is a hit, and that's all I have to say," Tassler said.

"He certainly knows how we feel, and he knows the level of concern we have. But right now the show continues to be as successful as it always is. Everybody is doing their job and things are continuing as planned," she said.

"Two and a Half Men" is the top-rated comedy on U.S. television with an average weekly audience of some 15 million viewers. The show has helped CBS reign as the most-watched network in the United States for the seven years.

Sheen, 45, who plays a womanizing bachelor on the comedy, is the industry's highest-paid star with a reported salary of $1.8 million an episode.   Continued...