Is Charlie Sheen up to his old tiger-blood tricks again?
According to TMZ, Sheen has told the producers of his sitcom Anger Management in no uncertain terms that they have to fire co-star Selma Blair or else he's walking off the show. There is no room for negotiation in Charlie's world. It's either him or her.
The reason behind his ultimatum? Blair allegedly went to the same producers last week to complain about Sheen, calling him "a menace to work with." No specifics on Sheen's work habits were provided.
But Sheen reportedly pitched a fit when he heard about the complaint and apparently even told Blair that she was fired from the show.
TMZ approached Blair when she was out walking with her infant son on Tuesday morning. When asked about the brewing feud, she shook her head and replied, "I don't know anything."
Although Sheen hasn't reached meltdown stage yet, the current scenario is eerily mindful of his noisy departure from the CBS sitcom Two And a Half Men in early 2011. Following public rows with creator-producer Chuck Lorre, Sheen was dismissed from the top-rated comedy and replaced with Ashton Kutcher.
But what really made Sheen famous was his bizarre and bullish behaviour in the weeks that followed his firing.
In a breakneck succession of TV interviews, Sheen described himself as a "warlock" in possession of "tiger blood" and "Adonis DNA." He also coined the annoyingly catchy catchphrase, "Winning!"
When Sheen opened his Twitter account, he earned a Guinness World Record for being the fastest person to reach one-million followers, which took him a mere 25 hours and 17 minutes. He's currently closing in on 10-million followers.
No question many of those followers are fans of Anger Management, which airs on the FX cable channel in the U.S. and on CTV in Canada, but how many are going stand by him in this new battle?
And talk about jumping the gun, TMZ is reporting Sheen has already extended an offer to Mila Kunis (she's Ashton Kutcher's girlfriend!) for a 10-episode run on the series at a salary of $1-million per show! Sheen is simply a proactive kind of guy.
In the final tally, it's a question of how much money the enfant terrible is willing to lose to make his point.
Currently, Sheen stands to make somewhere between $75 and $200-million (U.S.) if he fulfills the 100-episode order for Anger Management, pending its success in second-run syndication. So far he's filmed nearly half the 100-episode order.
But on a broader scale, isn't there something morally wrong with Sheen attempting to call the shots on a TV show that probably employs upward of a hundred or so people?
Nobody loves a bully and the ball is clearly in the court of Anger Management's creative team as to whether they accede to their star's outrageous demand.
What do you think?