Studio bosses behind Charlie Sheen's suspended sitcom "Two and Half Men" have agreed to pay the crew for half of the eight episodes they cancelled after the troubled actor launched a war of words against show creator Chuck Lorre.
Warner Bros. and CBS network executives were left unimpressed after Sheen branded Lorre a "stupid, stupid little man" for halting production on the show in January to allow him time to deal with his substance abuse issues in rehab.
They subsequently announced there would be no more "Two and a Half Men" this season, prompting the actor to lash out again and promise to sue for axing the shoot.
In a hard-hitting Today Show interview, which aired in America on Monday, Sheen publicly challenged Lorre for shutting down the comedy, asking: "When you were told that the crew would suffer gravely as a result of your dictatorial laziness would you please explain what you meant by your statement, ';They are not my problem'. I'm sure there's, like, 120-something people that would love to hear the answer to that."
Warner Bros. bosses appeared to heed Sheen's comments and announced on Monday night they would compensate the show's crew for four of the axed episodes – but the actor has vowed to continue fighting until TV chiefs agree to pay set hands for the remainder of the season.
In another interview with the Today Show, which aired on Tuesday, Sheen said, "Good, good, it's a start. I won't sleep ';til they get eight. Then I'm gonna work on my cast, and I then I'm gonna work on myself last."
And Sheen is taking credit for forcing studio bosses into action, alleging his "Two and a Half Men" co-stars Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones have done nothing in the wake of the scandal.
He added, "Who else is applying pressure? Jon Cryer, Angus? Anybody? Nobody's applying pressure, no one's doing anything. They're just sitting at home waiting for something to happen."
A spokesman for Warner Bros. has denied Sheen's "pressure" contributed to bosses' decision to pay the crew.