CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves broke his silence on Charlie Sheen going rogue and the implosion of his top-rated comedy Two and a Half Men.
Addressing a Morgan Stanley Technology conference in San Francisco and reported by THR, Moonves said in response to a question that Sheen is “on the air quite a bit these days. I wish he would have worked this hard to promote himself for an Emmy.”
CBS confirmed Moonves’ comments, which sought put a positive spin on the show halting production and recent dramatic events. The executive noted that in the short term the show not producing more original episodes “is actually a gainer for us.” He explained that since the Men repeats perform quite well, producing eight fewer episodes this season saves the network “quite a bit of money.”
Of course, if Men doesn’t return next season, or if Sheen is replaced by another actor, that could be a ratings loss for the network, though some point out that if CBS can inject a solid comedy into the Men slot, that the network might end up with a fairly even financial trade given the high cost of producing Men.
“I’m not saying long-term I want this to go on,” Moonves added. “I hope it’s back. We’ll see.”