UPDATED: Charlie Sheen broke his media silence Wednesday, releasing a public statement and sending text messages to a news outlet.
“I have a lot of work to do to be able to return the support I have received from so many people.
I want to say ‘thank-you’ to my fellow cast members, the crew of Two and a Half Men, and everyone at CBS and Warner Bros., especially Les Moonves and Bruce Rosenblum for their concern and support.
And to my fans, your good wishes have touched me very much.
Like Errol Flynn, who had to put down his sword on occasion, I just want to say, ‘thank-you.'”
In an interview with E! News, Sheen said the idea that rumors such as CBS ditching Men is “all crap” and chastised the media as “pathetic” for focusing on his problems when there’s unrest in Egypt.
“Believe nothing,” he texted. “I will never speak about any of this as long as I’m alive. You’re all gonna have to keep towing the same redundant line, guessing wrong.”
Sheen is currently undergoing stay-at-home rehab treatment while production on his CBS hit series Two and a Half Men has been suspended.
The network has ordered two episodes of Rules of Engagement to fill the void in the coming weeks, while repeats of Men have performed strongly.
With about 300 cast and crew out of work during his absence, some have wondered whether the actor should help pay to keep the Men team employed.