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Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen’s controversial actions don’t seem to have hurt his pockets. Cliff Lipson/CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images
Charlie Sheen’s controversial actions don’t seem to have hurt his pockets. Cliff Lipson/CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images

The love was gone. In 2011, when "Two and a Half Men" was the top sitcom on CBS, its star, Charlie Sheen, was fired. Warner Brothers, the production company, claimed the actor couldn't collaborate, had difficulty learning lines, made negative statements and wasn't physically in a condition to work. Assertions were also made about drug abuse and violent behavior. WB ended the relationship, even though Sheen was committed to eight more episodes that season and 24 the next. Sheen lost a job that was paying him about $2 million an episode [source: Carter].

CBS killed off Sheen's character, and "Two and a Half Men" continued. Ashton Kutcher was hired to fill the void, and the next season of "Men" opened with its highest ratings ever [source: The Huffington Post]. Sheen didn't mope around. By 2012, he had a new series, "Anger Management," on FX. With 6 million viewers, its premiere episode set a cable record for sitcoms [source: Rosenbaum and Piester]. The love was back.

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