We look back at Charlie Sheen antics over the course of an epic rollercoaster year for the ‘rock star from Mars.’
JAN. 14: A CBS exec admits the network has “a high level of concern” about Charlie’s hard-partying ways, but notes that he does his job on “Two and a Half Men” well.
JAN. 27: After a 911 call, Charlie is rushed to the hospital — his camp insists it’s not because he OD’d, but concedes he had been partying for days straight.
JAN. 28: Charlie’s rep announces the actor has entered rehab at an “undisclosed” facility. Turns out he actually hasn’t.
JAN. 31: His manager announces Charlie will seek treatment at home with a team of professionals.
FEB. 24: Charlie rants against his hit show’s creator Chuck Lorre in shocking, bizarre interviews — which include his new catchphrase “winning” — and claims to have cured his alcoholism with “my mind.”
FEB. 24: After his rants, CBS announces it will shut down production of “Two and a Half Men” for the remainder of the season; Charlie responds by calling Lorre a “contaminated little maggot.”
FEB. 27: Charlie announces, “I am on a drug. It’s called Charlie Sheen.”
FEB. 28: Charlie declares to “Today” in a typically, er, colorful interview that he has “tiger blood” and “Adonis DNA,” and proclaims, “I’m tired of pretending like I’m not bitchin’, a total freaking rock star from Mars.” He also introduces the world to his live-in “goddesses,” adult star Natalie Kenley and model Bree Olsen.
MARCH 1: The actor joins Twitter and sets a Guinness world record for the fastest account to get to 1 million followers. Also, ex-wife Brooke Mueller obtains a restraining order against him and police take his kids away.
MARCH 5: Charlie announces via Twitter that one of his “goddesses,” Bree, has left him — then, hours later, that “she’s back!”
MARCH 7: “Two and a Half Men” producers announce that Charlie has been fired from the show.
MARCH 10: Charlie files a $100 million breach of contract suit against the show.
MARCH 17: The increasingly erratic actor’s so-called comedy tour, “My Violent Torpedo of Truth,” sells out two shows at Radio City Music Hall and other dates around the nation.
APRIL 2: The Detroit debut of the “Torpedo” tour draws boos and audience walk-outs. During the performance, Charlie himself pauses to ask the crowd, “Is anybody as confused by this [expletive] as I am?”
APRIL 19: The actor arrives in court to seek full custody of twin sons Bob and Max after their mother, his ex-wife Brooke Mueller, allegedly relapses into drug addiction.
MAY 13: After Ashton Kutcher is announced as his “Men” replacement, Charlie takes another swipe at Lorre on Twitter: “Enjoy planet Chuck, Ashton. There is no air, laughter, loyalty, or love there.”
JULY 18: It is announced that Charlie has signed on to film a pilot for a new TV show. “I chose ‘Anger Management’ because, while it might be a big stretch for me to play a guy with serious anger management issues, I think it is a great concept,” he says in a statement.
SEPT. 18: Viewers expecting an outburst are sorely disappointed when Charlie, presenting the Best Comedy Actor Emmy, declares to his former “Men” colleagues, “From the bottom of my heart I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season.”
SEPT. 19: While his character’s funeral plays out on his old show’s season premiere, Comedy Central airs a star-studded roast of the actor. “How much blow can Charlie Sheen do?” Jon Lovitz quips. “Enough to kill two and a half men.”
SEPT. 26: Word leaks that Charlie will receive $25 million from Warner Bros. to settle his lawsuit over being fired. Winning!
DEC. 9: After ex-wife Brooke Mueller is busted for alleged cocaine possession with intent to distribute, Charlie reportedly pays her bail and sticks up for her, scoffing to TMZ, “With the child support I give her ... she’s gonna deal drugs? Never gonna happen.”
Congratulations to the biggest winner of 2011 — on not only surviving the year but, from all appearances, stepping back from the brink of self-destruction. Can’t wait to see what 2012 brings!