Image Credit: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagicUPDATED: A representative for Charlie Sheen confirmed that the Two and A Half Men star – who apparently has a history of suffering from what’s called a hiatal hernia – was rushed to the hospital Thursday in Los Angeles. “He has had a history of having this type of hernia, and the person who made the 911 call said he had severe stomach pains and said it was from a hernia condition,” said his spokesman, adding, “I have no firsthand knowledge of any of this.”
TMZ reports that he is expected to stay in the hospital overnight. The CBS comedy that is produced by Warner Bros. TV is currently in the midst of a scheduled hiatus so Sheen’s hospitalization — at least for now — should not affect production. The cast and crew are set to return on Feb. 1.
Earlier this month, a series of reports hit the Internet about Sheen and how he reportedly went on a bender in Las Vegas with porn stars over a weekend. That prompted a “Will he show up to work?” watch, which forced his personal publicist to issue a statement saying that he did, in fact, make it to the set on time the following Monday. As a result, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler made a point of addressing Sheen’s health at a press conference for the nation’s TV critics.
“We have a high level of concern. How can we not?” she said. “Let me speak personally first. On a very basic human level, I am concerned of course. This man is a father, he has children, he has a family. You can’t look at it simplistically. Charlie is a professional. He comes to work, he does his job extremely well. We are taping tonight. It’s very complicated, but we have a very good relationship with Warner Bros. TV. We have tremendous trust and respect with the way they are managing the situation. On a personal level, we obviously have concern. On a professional level, he does his job and he does it well. This show is a hit. That’s all I have to say.”
In the meantime, Jon Cryer tried to make light of the Sheen situation recently while appearing on The 3 Minute Talk Show with Barry Sobel via lstudio.com. What’s his secret to being on the No. 1 comedy? “Do a show with Charlie Sheen, ’cause it’s always fun. You get to check TMZ to know whether you’ve got to go into work that day, which is great. You’re sitting at home [pretends to check TMZ on his phone] ‘Oh, oh, kick back, everybody. Daddy’s got the day off.’”
No matter what headline emerges about Sheen — be it a bender in Sin City or an allegation of extortion by an adult film actress — the publicity never seems to hurt his top-rated show. Now in its eighth season, Two and Half Men remains the most-watched comedy in prime time, with 14.7 million. It also consistently wins its timeslot in the all-important 18-49 demographic.
Warner Bros. TV already has a deal in place with CBS to deliver another two seasons of Men, through 2012. Last May, Sheen announced that he closed a new, multi-million dollar pact to stay on the comedy.
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