Charlie Sheen received several Primetime Emmy nominations for his role in Two and a Half Men before he was fired for making derogatory comments against creator, Chuck Lorre. FX series Anger Management was Sheen’s first project since his departure from Two and a Half Men. The series premiere received record-breaking viewership, but its success did not last long.
Anger Management came to a conclusion after a 100-episode run in 2014, not long after Sheen fired his co-star Selma Blair after filming 53 episodes together. The controversial firing over a text message gained widespread media attention.
Charlie Sheen Threatened To Quit Unless Studio Fired Selma Blair
In Anger Management, Charlie Sheen played Dr. Charles “Charlie” Goodson, a former baseball player turned anger management therapist. It appeared that Sheen himself could have benefited from some therapy, given the friction that developed between him and co-star Selma Blair. Blair played Dr. Kate Wales, who helped Charlie with his anger management issues. She was also the female lead in the sitcom and a casual romantic interest for Sheen’s character.
In June 2013, TMZ reported the falling out between the two actors on the set of Anger Management. The report alleged that Charlie Sheen had pressured the producers to fire Blair from the show, as she was constantly complaining about his work ethic behind his back. Sheen was even ready to walk away from a $75-$200 million paycheck for the 100 episodes ordered if the producers did not accede to his demand.
TMZ reached out to Selma Blair for a response, who at the time claimed that she didn’t know anything about the situation. Later, reports came out about a text message that Blair had received from Sheen, firing her from the show and calling her a c*nt. Within 24 hours after TMZ reported the news, Lionsgate Studio officially confirmed it, stating in a press release, “We are confirming that Selma Blair will not be returning to Anger Management and we wish her the very best.”
Blair was replaced by Laura Bell Bundy as Dr. Jordan Denby, Charlie’s new colleague. The production continued without wasting a day, as it had already been on a hiatus just before things got heated between the two actors.
Charlie Sheen Also Had Problems With Another Co-star
Selma Blair’s response was quite composed as she thanked fans for their support during her time on Anger Management. However, it was not the first time Charlie Sheen clashed with a co-star on set. Earlier, Lindsay Lohan appeared in a guest role on the sitcom. While The Parent Trap actress had a promising first day on set, Sheen revealed that Lohan had a wild night out and arrived late and hungover on set the next day.
During an interview with Australian FM station, KIIS 1065, Sheen shared that Lohan had spent the entire day puking into a garbage bin, leading the crew members to dub it the ‘Lindsay’ bin. Sheen told KIIS 1065:
“She must have had a big night one time, and we had this garbage bin on the set, and the crew and cast named it the ‘Lindsay’ bin because she was puking into it.”
Charlie Sheen earned a negative reputation for being a difficult actor to work with. Sheen’s career was marred by numerous controversies related to drug & alcohol abuse as well as allegations of domestic violence. In 2015, he publicly revealed that he had tested positive for HIV. In recent times, Sheen has become an advocate for HIV awareness while rebuilding his life.