charlie sheen leaving 'Two and a Half Men': Charlie Sheen denies last minute salary ployIn a statement to People, “Two and a Half Men” star Charlie Sheen says that “much speculation and rumor has arisen from my current status
surrounding ‘Two and a Half Men.’ All of the numbers reported in the press are false. Claims from
‘inside sources’ regarding offers from the studio as well as my salary,
on their best day, are without merit.”

“Both parties have known the score for over a year. In no way, has
this been a hasty or negligent eleventh hour surprise,” continues Sheen. “We tape the final episode of the season [April 9]. If tonight’s show is the end for me as Charlie Harper, so be it.
Another journey has begun. I take from the experience 161 shows filled
with a kaleidoscope of amazing experiences, memories, friendships and
gratitude. I remain humbly inspired.”

Sheen’s rep Stan Rosenfield reiterates, “A negotiation ploy is something you do to get the best possible
deal. Charlie told them what he
wanted a year ago.”

When Sheen films his final episode on April 9, he will have fulfilled his contract. The news about Sheen’s
possible departure
, (which People
broke April 1) reportedly came as a surprise to everyone involved
with the CBS sitcom.

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