March 11, 2011 at 05:00 AM EST

After a volatile week of outlandish demands, ugly name-calling, and all-around crazy talk, Charlie Sheen officially lost his job on TV’s most watched comedy, Two and a Half Men. Though the studio that produces the eight-year-old series for CBS kept its official comments brief (”After careful consideration, Warner Bros. Television has terminated Charlie Sheen’s services on Two and a Half Men effective immediately”), the decision spoke volumes. It’s obvious that Warner Bros. (which, like EW, is owned by Time Warner) has finally grown tired of the actor’s promises to seek help for drug addiction while leaving the show and the livelihood of its employees in limbo. In keeping with the same unhinged tone he’s exhibited in recent interviews, Sheen (who was making $1.2 million an episode) immediately issued a statement to TMZ alleging that the studio is ”in breach, like so many whales.” As for his firing, he went on to say, ”This is very good news…. It is a big day of gladness…because now I can take all of their bazillions, and…never have to put on those silly shirts for as long as this warlock exists.” The studio already has a deal in place to deliver a ninth season of Men to CBS, but has yet to decide whether it will continue without Sheen, who inspired the role of Charlie Harper when creator Chuck Lorre penned the pilot in 2003. Since CBS has to announce its fall lineup to advertisers in May, a decision is expected within the next two months.

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