He called Lorre a "clown" and a "turd" and said he had been turning the producer's "tin cans into pure gold." After the bizarre on-air railing, CBS and Warner Bros. released the following statement: "Based on the totality of Charlie Sheen's statements, conduct and condition, [we] have decided to discontinue production of Two and a Half Men for the remainder of the season."
Charlie fired back with an open letter, which reads in part: "What does this say about Haim Levine [Chuck Lorre] after he tried to use his words to judge and attempt to degrade me? I gracefully ignored this folly for 177 shows... I fire back once and this contaminated little maggot can't handle my power and can't handle the truth."
He later told TMZ, "I violently hate [him]. He's a stupid, stupid little man and a punk that I'd never want to be like." The Wrap reports Charlie won't be paid for the remaining salary left on his contract. (--He earns $1.8 million an episode. There were eight shows left on the season.)
TMZ has the rant and more details here.
It allegedly shows a male friend of Lindsay's intentionally distracting a store clerk while Lindsay puts on the necklace. Then it shows Lindsay and her friend leaving, with Lindsay still wearing the necklace. If true, it would call into question Lindsay's claim the store LOANED her the necklace and that all she's guilty of is forgetting to return it in a timely manner.
BABY NEWS: ALYSSA MILANO announced her pregnancy Tuesday, but she's obviously already pretty far along. Check out her well-developed baby bump, which was on full display at Wednesday's premiere of the movie "Hall Pass" ...
Media Take Out claims there's some kind of Rihanna / Chris Brown reconciliation in the works, and that's why they decided to publish the photos. You can see the two new pics here. But before you click, I must warn you, they are pretty brutal.
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JLO'S IDOL MOMENT: JENNIFER LOPEZ "suffered" an on-screen "breakdown" Wednesday night after telling fan favorite CHRIS MEDINA he would NOT be in "American Idol's" Top 24 this season. (--Chris is the guy who's taking care of his fiancée, who suffered brain damage in a bad accident in '09, just two months before they were supposed to get married.)
On RYAN SEACREST'S radio show yesterday, J-Lo explained why ... "I just couldn't believe I had to deliver this news to this person who had been through a lot and is going through a lot. I felt like I didn't do it well enough to send him into where he needed to go in his life and be OK.
And I didn't want to be a part of that moment in his life. He handled it with such dignity and such class, that made it worse for me"
Now that we've had about a month to evaluate the SIMON COWELL-less judging panel, what are your thoughts? Better? Worse? Like it? Hate it? What about "Idol" in general?
DANCING WITH the STARS CAST REVEALED???: A super reliable-sounding site ( RumorFix)claims FAYE DUNAWAY has signed on to do "Dancing with the Stars"!!!
Unlike the last few seasons, however, there aren't many solid rumors out there this time, but we've heard these names: Brett Favre, talk show host Wendy Williams, WWE champ Chris Jericho, Portia De Rossi and Madonna's mid-'90s boyfriend Carlos Leon.
QUOTE/UNQUOTE: "Lady Gaga is Madonna with diarrhea." -- CHARO, in a satellite radio interview proving she's obviously not one of LADY GAGA'S "little monsters."