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So who is the real half man in Two and a Half Men?
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Can’t Warner Brothers Television & CBS take a joke?

Charlie Sheen has apparently pushed the profiteers of the sophomorically vulgar - and predictable - off-color sexual humor of “Two and a Half Men” too far. He’s insulted them.

What surprised them about his behavior or his words?

It’s not like his character on TV doesn’t hook up with prostitutes, get stoned drunk virtually every episode, party hardy with different women every show, or uses venom verbiage to rip into his mother, brother, and just about any other target the writers seem fit.

If the producers are worried Sheen’s off-camera antics are going to spook advertisers they need to watch their own show. If what Sheen does in the name of prime time “family” humor hasn’t scared off advertisers nothing well.

The hypocrisy of it all is about as mind numbing as Sheen’s character’s drunken stupors after supposedly going on drinking binges for days on end.

Sheen said the producers pushed him into rehab. Interesting. The question they need to ask themselves is whether Sheen is is typecast in his role or a very good method actor. Either way, they have openly supported such a lifestyle at least on the show so they could make millions of dollars. So when Sheen looks like the real deal, they’re alarmed?

I admit to having watched the show. It is exactly what it is. I wouldn’t expect Sheen to be an angel when he’s not working. None of what he has reportedly done is shocking especially if you’ve watched the show.

The producers acted after a series of interviews where Sheen said among other things:

•“These guys are a couple of AA Nazis and blatant hypocrites.”

•“It’s been a toxic environment for eight years.”

•“Yeah I’m on a drug. It’s called Charlie Sheen. It’s not available because if you try it, you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body.”

• “I felt like an unwelcome relative being given cold coffee at 9 o’clock every night.”

•“What’s not to love? Especially when you see how I party. The run I was on made Sinatra, Flynn, Jagger, Richards just look like droopy-eyed armless children.”

Gee, doesn’t it sound like stuff producer Chuck Lorre’s writers generate for the show?

Perhaps it isn’t as amusing for Lorre when his fantasy world turns into reality in terms of Charlie Sheen’s behavior.

Or perhaps the real deal breaker was when Sheen after weeks of slamming Lorre demanded a hefty pay raise to $3 million per episode - compared to the current $1.8 million - to keep working.

This certainly isn’t a defense of Sheen or his actions. But he has a point when he talks about hypocrisy.

Hollywood for years has tolerated off-camera behavior from their stars that would make Libya’s Muammar al-Gaddafi seem like a Boy Scout leader.

What is making it all the more bizarre are Sheen’s defenders who find all sorts of ways to make him look like the complete victim,

The nicest twist was rival network ABC and Radar Online having Sheen’s blood and urine tested for drugs over the weekend.

Radar’s Dylan Howard called the results “a big win for Charlie Sheen, no doubt” simply because he hadn’t had drugs in the last 72 hours.

Remember this is the guy who openly bragged about being in a cocaine induced stupor not too long ago at which his bosses just let the train wreck keep moving forward obviously worried about the money machine called “Two and a Half Men.”

Warner Brokers and CBS lost any pretense of the moral high road on this one when they didn’t pull the plug earlier.

There are some who believe - and perhaps rightfully so - that their formula for the TV show that essentially is a non-stop regurgitation of what apparently has been Sheen’s lifestyle - makes them hypocrites for finally putting an end to this year’s season.

It is clear, however, that the half in “Two and a Half Men” isn’t referring to Alan’s son Jake.