Charlie Sheen’s ‘Anger Management’ actress Selma Blair has been dismissed from the sitcom, according to reports.
In a brief statement, the producers of the FX’s ‘Anger Management’, Lionsgate, would only say the actress will not be returning to the FX sitcom. The company said it wished the actress “the very best” but had no further comment.
According to initial reports, Sheen got Blair fired after she complained about his work habits.
Blair was supposedly exasperated by Sheen’s behavior because she would wait hours for him to show up to work. She complained about his “his constant lateness, poor work ethic and mercurial moods.”
Once Sheen found out that she had complained about him, he insisted that she be fired. Reports say even before Blair complained about him, Sheen was not happy with her performance on ‘Anger Management.’ But after he was told she had complained about him, “that was that,” a source familiar with the situation told reporters.
“It’s his show and he holds all the marbles,” a show insider, not directly entangled in the dispute said. “This isn’t like the situation on ‘Two and a Half Men.’ Charlie controls everything, and when he wants to get rid of someone, then that’s it.”
According to reports, Sheen serves as an executive producer on the show and also has an ownership investment in ‘Anger Management.’
However, some reports say that it was Sheen himself who fired Blair via text.
Blair, on the other hand, reportedly complained that she was “totally blindsided” by staffers after she voiced her frustrations about Sheen’s work ethics. They relayed her concerns to Sheen. Reports say that although Blair was the only one forced to leave, other members of the crew were allegedly also exasperated by his behavior.
Reports say the sitcom is about halfway through finishing its 90-episode order from FX and is expected to stay in production as scheduled. Writers will make changes as needed because of Blair’s sudden exit.
Initial reports say that Blair’s character as Sheen’s therapist will not be recast. Speculation has it that the producers of the sitcom will use this opportunity for a creative makeover of the sitcom following its recent low ratings. A female regular on the series is expected to fill the vacancy left by Blair.
Sources say Blair is paid per her contract. No legal action is expected from her. Blair’s publicist did not respond to requests for comment nor did Sheen’s manager, Mark Burg.
In March 2011, Sheen was fired from CBS’s sitcom ‘Two and a Half Men,’ after he argued with that show’s producers. However, prior to his firing, Sheen underwent a substance rehabilitation program while CBS put the sitcom on hiatus. A month later, CBS canceled the season’s four remaining series.
Sheen, in his personal life, has made headlines also. There have been reports of alcohol and drug abuse and also domestic violence.
‘Anger Management’ represents Sheen’s TV series comeback.
Blair played a therapist and colleague to Sheen’s character on the show. She turns 41 on Sunday.
Sheen has been one of the highest-paid actors on television.
By Perviz Walji