March 21, 2011 at 10:42 AM ET
Despite all the rants, legal threats and pointed personal comments about most of the men behind “Two and a Half Men,” fired star Charlie Sheen could still get his old job back, according to one source. A show insider recently revealed to Radar Online that CBS president and CEO Les Moonves hopes to bring Sheen back to the highly-rated primetime hit.
"Moonves wants to get the show back on the air. He's all for it," the source said. "He says certain people need to forget anything and everything Charlie's done recently and just move on with the business at hand. The core issue is, as he put it, the volatile relationship between Charlie Sheen and Chuck Lorre. He believes that if CBS and Warner Bros. TV honchos can find a way to get Chuck and Charlie to speak again, cooler heads will prevail."
But even if the CBS bigwig wants Sheen back onboard for “Men,” the feeling might not be mutual. Sheen’s post-firing, show-bashing comments make a return to his old role seem unlikely enough, but in addition to that, TMZ reports that the actor is already in talks to bring his talent to another network.
Sources who spoke to TMZ said three top FOX execs, Mike Darnell, David Hill and Peter Rice, met with Sheen last Thursday to come up with possible programming options for the star. While no deals were inked, the FOX suits allegedly “liked Charlie.”
UPDATE: When asked by Today.com, both CBS and Warner Bros. declined to comment on the report.