chuck lorre gi 320 Chuck Lorre takes a post Sheen break from vanity cardsCharlie Sheen seems rather put out by a vanity card his “Two and a Half Men” boss Chuck Lorre ran after the show a week and a half ago. So Lorre is taking a break from writing new mini-essays to run at the end of his shows. Sort of.

The card after Monday’s (Feb. 21) “Mike & Molly” announced that Lorre — who’s been putting the cards on the end of his shows since “Dharma & Greg” — wouldn’t be writing the cards for a while. Instead, he said he would “display a photograph of a part of my body that is entirely innocuous.” In that case, it was his elbow.

He posted the same card after Thursday’s “Big Bang Theory,” except it was, according to Lorre’s vanity card archives, “Censored!” (over a somewhat ambiguous-looking picture of his knuckle, perhaps?).

Anyway, here’s what Lorre has to say about not saying anything:

It was more fun writing these things when I was fairly certain no one was reading them. That is no longer the case. These days it seems like every vanity card is getting scrutinized and criticized by network executives, corporate legal departments and publicity departments, TV journalists and tabloid bloggers. Believe it or not, my musings have been both cheered and jeered by TV Guide! But lately it’s gotten out of hand. Which is why I’ve decided to take a break for a few weeks. Let things cool off a little. Instead of writing short essays that upset people, I’ve decided to use my one second of network TV to do something simple and hassle-free. Starting with this card, I’m going to display a photograph of a part of my body that is entirely innocuous. No longer will I share some troublesome piece of my mind. Now I will share an actual piece of Chuck that is incapable of offending anyone. You know, a foot, a hand, or maybe a toe.

Posted by:Rick Porter