Sheen Inks Deal on Two and a Half Men
Will-he-or-won't-he drama results in huge salary
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2010 5:50 AM CDT
In this file image released by CBS, Charlie Sheen is shown in a scene from the CBS comedy, "Two and a Half Men."   (AP Photo/CBS, Greg Gayne, File)
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(Newser) Two and a Half Men fans, you can stop holding your breath. Charlie Sheen will be back for at least two seasons, after finalizing a deal with CBS that makes him one of the highest-paid actors in TV history. Variety reports that his new salary is in the neighborhood of $1.8 million to $1.9 million per episode—but his reps insist his talk of leaving the show was genuine, and certainly not a ploy to score more money.

"To put a fitting end on the two and one-half months of whirlwind speculation, I'm looking forward to returning to my CBS home on Monday nights," said a statement from Sheen. "I want to thank Les Moonves for his support."