Tabloid reports suggest that Charlie Sheen is set to make a television comeback but he won’t be seen in his sitcom comfort zone. The Daily Star states that the troubled star is set to appear in the re-launched series of UK Celebrity Big Brother in a deal worth £6m.
The reality show has moved to Channel 5 following its cancellation last year by Channel Four. If the reports prove to be true, the former Two and a Half Men star would become the highest profile celebrity to appear as a contestant on the UK version of the show. Rumours suggest that Sheen could be sharing the spotlight with such big names as 80s pop star Steve Strange, scandal queen Kerry Katona and former Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opic.
Under normal circumstances the highest paid star on US television wouldn’t stoop so low as to enter a reality television series but Sheen’s current lifestyle makes these reports at least plausible.
The actor was fired from his $1.8m per episode contract on CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men following a national television interview in which he demanded a 50% pay rise. Angry at what he believed to be an unjustified punishment, he continued to criticise the show’s executives via his ustream video channel which became an internet phenomenon due to Sheen’s apparent meltdown.
Sheen had taken a break from the top-rated comedy show in January 2010 to enter a rehabilitation facility. He was arrested in October that year having caused $7,ooo of damage with NYPD sources revealing he admitted to having been drinking and taking cocaine. His management claimed that the Hollywood star had simply taken a bad reaction to medication.
Following his dismissal he embarked on a national tour entitled “My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not An Option”, which sold out in just 18 minutes. The show featured extended video clips as well Sheen preaching his “truth” to audiences in the style of a motivational speaker.
Whether this career trajectory takes him to the UK to share his message with the morbidly fascinated masses has yet to be confirmed.
Celebrity Big Brother is expected to begin in mid-August on Channel 5 with extended coverage on sister station 5*.
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