Nellie Andreeva

On NBC’s Today Show this morning, Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen demanded a big raise to $3 million an episode to return to the show. 12 hours and 12 interviews later, Sheen took that back. In an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, the troubled actor said that “that was stupid.”

He praised Warner Bros.’ decision to pay the crew of Two and a Half Men for the four episodes scheduled to begin production this week but insisted that everyone involved with the show should be paid for all 8 unproduced episodes of the current eighth season. “That’s OK; that’s a start,” he said about the four-episode compensation for the crew. “I’m not going to stop until they give them eight. Then I’m going to work on my cast; then I’m going to finish with me.”

Sheen also was asked if he would apologize to CBS Corp. president and CEO Leslie Moonves for his recent behavior. Sheen said he would but then added: “And then I would ask him, why did you lie to me about the crew in front of … my management team?” Sheen said. “When I said, ‘Guys I can’t be gone too long because I’m worried about the crew, they’ve got families and mortgages.’ … (Moonves) said, ‘Don’t worry about the crew, you have our word’. Him and his partner (Warner Bros.’) Bruce (Rosenblum).”

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