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March 8, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

The gossip website TMZ has become the semi-official repository for interviews and legal documents concerning the Charlie Sheen/Two and a Half Men fiasco. (Ironically, the site is owned by Warner Bros., whose TV division produces the show and which on Monday fired Sheen.) Following receipt of his termination notice, Sheen sent TMZ a marginally coherent statement expressing relief that he no longer had to continue on the show and vowing to sue Warners for breach of contract. TMZ also posted a copy of the letter Warners’ attorneys sent to Sheen’s, stating: “Your client has been engaged in dangerously self-destructive conduct and appears to be very ill. For months before the suspension of production, Mr. Sheen’s erratic behavior escalated while his condition deteriorated. His declining condition undermined the production in numerous and significant ways. … This inability to perform the essential duties of his position included Mr. Sheen’s physical appearance, inability to deliver lines, inability to collaborate creatively with staff and crew, inability to work with the executive producers, inflammatory comments poisoning key working relationships and frustration of the Show’s creative environment by the public spectacle of his self-inflicted disintegration.”