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Similar to his character Charlie Harper on "Two and a Half Men," star Charlie Sheen seems to like having a bevy of women.
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updated 1/31/2011 8:03:40 PM ET 2011-02-01T01:03:40

Every day, it seems like there are new stories — both rumored and confirmed — about "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen's latest escapades: alleged spousal abuse, drug-fueled parties, hotel trashings, stolen cars, hanging out with porn stars, rehab. The list goes on and on.

Much of these shenanigans resemble the antics of his on-screen persona, Charlie Harper. But how much can Sheen blur the line between life and art before it hurts the hit comedy? We asked TODAYshow.com/msnbc.com readers if the actor's real-life troubles impacted their enjoyment of the show.

Here's what they had to say:

Are you kidding? I'll watch it more now. My friends and I were just saying the other day how badly we'd like to have his life! I recognize that not everyone feels the way we (some professional guys in our 30s and 40s) feel, but at least for our group of five or so guys, that was our reaction. — Brian Linsey, Las Vegas

We're all human and we all have our own "warts" and shortcomings, but Charlie Sheen's selfish and childish behavior is costing hundreds of people their jobs. Watching him play a drunken playboy on TV just isn't funny anymore. — R. LaRochelle, Charlotte, Maine

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There's a reason that actors in the "old days" used to wear mask — so that we could concentrate on the character and not be distracted by the player. Sheen has become a distraction to Charlie Harper. — Michael Green, Ala.

I watch because Sheen is funny and his charter is maybe a toned down version of his off-screen self. Go lucky and care free! Who wouldn't enjoy his charter's lifestyle? — Michael Sevey, Menlo Park, Calif.

It is one thing, and quite acceptable, to have a character who is a boozing womanizer with a bad attitude when it is all for show business. Somehow knowing this is the real Sheen makes it harder to watch and not at all entertaining. It feels more like spying on his sordid private life. I have not been able to laugh at his antics on the show. They are too real now and quite sad. — Gaylin Katterson, Baden, Penn.

I love the show "Two and a Half Men," and I love Charlie Sheen. He isn't the first television star to have demons to fight, if it wasn't for poor taste in the coverage by the media that he is given, then nobody would think twice about it. The only thing we ever hear about any of the stars is negative, negative, negative, how about posting some of the good things Charlie has done in his life and acting career? Lay off people, he will come back from this and be bigger and better than ever. And also, why would the show have to take a hiatus? You still have Jon Cryer and Angus, as well as Courtney Thorne Smith, I am sure a few episodes could be made without Charlie, although, it's the constant bantering between him and Alan that make the show great. Good Luck Mr. Sheen. — Elizabeth Blair, Greenwood, Ind.

Used to enjoy the show a lot, but Sheen's lifestyle has become too disgusting for me and I find it difficult to separate Sheen and the character. I don't believe we should glorify people who break the law, and I honestly wonder why Sheen isn't in jail for drug possession. Others would be in the slammer for less. — Marie Raven

I've watched "Two and a Half Men" since it began. My husband and I always looked forward to it. Charlie Sheen's behavior has soured the show and maybe it has run its course as well. He needs to take his rehab seriously or he won't be around to make more shows. — Maureen Byrnes, Poway, Calif.

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I love the show. I watch the show because it is funny. Charlie Sheen the actor is who I watch and enjoy on television. Charlie Sheen the man may need to take some time off to get his personal life together. America needs to be able to tell the difference between the two. — J. Armstrong.

I have stopped watching, he is a spoiled brat who has never grown-up and a real manipulator! — Sherry Smith, Olathe, Kan.

As a recovering alcoholic, I watch the show sometimes to remind me of how grateful I am that I don't drink — and act selfishly like Charlie Sheen's character — anymore. I used to think that Charlie Sheen had the best thing going, getting paid outrageous money to simply be himself. Now I see that he actually had to tone it down a little. — Doug Thompson, Portland, Ore.

I watch it because it's funny. Period. Why should I care what he does on his own, well deserved time off? Who am I to say his lifestyle is wrong? I am not my brother's keeper! Let the man live his life; wrong or right, it belongs to him. — Matt Presley, Oakley, Calif.

His actual life is very close to his character on the show. He has never been a role model nor tried to portray something he isn't. He is a drug addict who likes hookers. At least he's not a Lindsay Lohan claiming innocence. He admits to his faults very openly. It doesn't bother me as long as he doesn't hurt anyone. I'm not an avid fan of the show, I'll watch it if I can't find anything else, but I won't turn away because of him. — Taylor I., Richmond, Va.

This show is the funniest show on TV. Charlie's life off the show does not make me watch it less. I will continue to watch the show as long as it is on no matter what Charlie does in his life. — Melinda Tinsky, Columbus, Ohio

Sheen's behavior makes it difficult to watch. The show is funny, but the more you know about his problems, the less I want to watch him. He's a mess. — Haley Comet, Minneapolis, Minn.

Sheen is disgusting, and the program had gotten ickier and ickier, therefore I have not watched it for the past couple of years at all. In the beginning it was hilariously funny, and good for family viewing. Now I wouldn't let my dog watch it, if I had a dog. Too bad ... Jon is very funny and has not been nearly as revolting as Sheen. Too bad for all the crew members that no one thought to have an "intervention" by cast members, and maybe help Sheen get his life together before it's too late.  — Elena Godwin, St. Louis, Mo.

I watch "Two and a Half Men" and think it is really funny and the cast of characters are great. That said, Charlie is turning into his character and to be quite honest, it is getting to be slightly disgusting. In his character you can see hope but in his real life — he is hitting rock bottom and it is not at all attractive. Would I stop watching the show if he doesn't get his act together — yes, but he will be fired way before then (if not dead from an overdose) — Barb Hamilton, Pittsfield, Maine

I stopped watching the show after the last shameful incident at the hotel with the hooker. And after, the network goes and gives him a big fat raise. He's not even funny anymore. He's just pathetic. I'm embarrassed for him. ... I'm not going to waste my time watching his "train wreck" of a life. CBS has shown it's true colors. Giving him that big raise was the same as showering him with liquor and drugs. — Jamie Lupo, West Orange, N.J.

The writers of this show offer crisp, hilarious comedy that is unmatched by any sitcom. The viewers know high-quality writing when they see it. I watch the show for the excellent scripts and verbiage that happens when all of the characters interact.  ... Charlie is cute but no one is irreplaceable. — Esther, Charleston, W.Va.

Charlie Sheen is a train wreck. I stopped watch "TAHM" a long time ago and have no desire to pick it up again. He is no longer a likeable actor or me and I do not watch shows/movies/projects done by actors I do not like. — Laura Myers, Omaha, Neb.

I got tired of this show years ago. The subject of the show was always about sex, sex and more sex. I think they should have a spin-off with Jon Cryer and Angus Jones. Forget Charlie Sheen! His problems will take years to overcome. He is in DENIAL! — Karen Thomas, Corona, Calif.

While I do not agree with his behavior, I believe he still has value as an actor/comedian. I continue to watch "Two and a Half Men" because of the healthy dose of laughter I receive after a long day at work. The wit and sarcasm of Charlie and Alan is unbeatable and the dense logic of Jake hits your funny bone with every line. — Carrine Greenhalgh

I'm will no longer be watching the show. I'm so frustrated with these celebrities that think they are so above the law and get away with "stuff." The only way they will feel any type of "punishment" for their behavior is if those of us that make them what they are don't support them. — S. Spencer, Las Vegas

I watch the show precisely because of his debauched character that we imagine is similar to real life. It is somewhat "acceptable" that he parties hard and also functions well at his job. Tens of thousands of people in America do their jobs after getting loaded the night before or the morning of. He's just in "another class" due to his riches and his appetite. — Joe S., Santa Paula, Calif.

People need to stop taking movie stars and entertainers so seriously. Is it really that important what Charlie Sheen did or didn't do with his nose and a bunch of prostitutes? Do we care that much about the mechanics that fix our cars? Or the people who tailor our clothes? Nah. Mostly just care about their product. Charlie Sheen's product is entertainment. He seems to be doing a fine job of that on and off the screen, so leave it at that.

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I watch "Two and a Half Men" because it is hilarious. With all the trouble Sheen is having I just chalk it up to method acting. As for Sheen's antics putting me off, how many rocks stars would be living in the gutter right now if we didn't purchase their music or go to their concerts because of the way they lived their personal lives? I never heard anyone yell, "Let's boycott the Rolling Stones or Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin" etc. Why is a popular actor who is treated like a rock star getting this much flack? — Jim Pokorny, Garfield Heights, Ohio

No, Sheen's personal behavior, awful and sick, doesn't ruin the show for me. What ruins the show is the nasty, overly sarcastic, overly sexual innuendo-burdened plots that make me sick. I really enjoyed it in the beginning. Now it seems every plot line hits a new, lower, dirty level. I hate what the producers and writers have allowed to happen. — Rosemary Korlath, St. Paul, Minn.

I have had the thought in my head for a long time that Charlie is a woman abusing, woman using pig and have never watched his show. Other than when I catch bits when my husband is watching it. It seems that men don't seem to be as affected by his behavior as women. I think it's his attitude toward women that turns me off more than his drinking & drugging. I just can't in good conscience support that kind of behavior. My male boss and I had this conversation too, he watches the show but his wife won't because of his behavior towards women. — Andrea Beck, Des Moines, Iowa

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  1. Charlie Sheen

    The highest-paid sitcom star on TV, "Two and a Half Men" actor Charlie Sheen has been, as E! Online put it, "less adept at managing his personal life." Sheen first entered rehab in 1990 to treat alcohol addiction. A few wives and many well-publicized parties later, in January 2011, he was still dealing with his demons when he was hospitalized in L.A. (his rep blamed abdominal pain.) Reports and porn-star accounts alleged a drug and alcohol-fuled party at Sheen's home and on Jan. 28, it was again announced that he would be seeking treatment. (Rick Wilking / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Lindsay Lohan

    "I always said I would die before I went to rehab," actress Lindsay Lohan told Allure magazine about her January 2007 treatment. If she only knew at the time how many more trips would follow thanks to a 2007 DUI conviction. In and out of court and jail, wearing alcohol-monitoring devices, violating probation and tweeting all the while, Lohan pledged on Twitter on Jan. 1, 2011 -- at the end of 90 days at the Betty Ford Clinic -- "Today is the first day of the rest of my life." (Robyn Beck / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. David Arquette

    David Arquette checked into rehab for treatment of "alcohol and other issues" on Jan. 1, 2011. The actor and his wife of 11 years, actress Courteney Cox, separated in October 2010. Reports of infidelity dogged Arquette and he took to sharing intimate details of his marriage, notably on Howard Stern's radio show. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Demi Lovato

    Demi Lovato completed a 90-day in-patient treatment program in January 2011 after seeking "medical treatment for emotional and physical issues she has dealt with for some time." The actress/singer suffered a meltdown while touring in Latin America with the Jonas Brothers and her camp later said she had battled eating disorders, was bullied at school and had struggled with cutting. Any substance abuse issues have been consistently denied. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Aaron Carter

    Singer Aaron Carter entered a rehab center in January 2011 to treat addiction issues, according to an E! Online report. The former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant checked into a private Southern California facility earlier this month, said an E! source. In 2006, Carter starred in the E! reality show "House of Carters" with his family, including his older brother, Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys. Later that year, Aaron appeared on "Celebrity Rehab 2" and was treated for substance abuse. (John Shearer / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Jonathan Rhys Meyers

    "The Tudors" star Jonathan Rhys Meyers was treated for alcohol addiction in London in May 2010. "He just really wants to get better," a source told People magazine. "This has been an ongoing battle for him." People reports Rhys Meyers first entered rehab in April 2007. He was arrested that November for public intoxication at the Dublin airport and was detained by police in June 2009 at the Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris after allegedly assaulting an airport lounge employee while drunk. (Dave Hogan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Jesse James

    Sandra Bullock's ex-husband, Jesse James, checked himself into a treatment facility in March 2010 in the hope of saving his marriage to the Oscar-winning actress after four women came forward to say they had had affairs with the motorcycle mechanic. His rep did not say what type of help James was seeking, but TMZ.com reported that James was heading to Sierra Tucson in Arizona, a clinic which specializes in drug, alcohol, and sex addiction. Bullock and James divorced, and a year later James announced his engagement to celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D. (Jason Laveris / FilmMagic) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Steven Tyler

    Singer Steven Tyler of Aerosmith entered rehab in December 2009 for a 90-day stint for an addiction to prescription painkillers resulting from 10 years of performance injuries, People magazine reported. Tyler said after 12 years of sobriety he began using again and that usage caused him to fall off a stage in South Dakota in August 2009. "I got 19 stitches, broke my shoulder," Tyler said. "No one in the band called me for 27 weeks. It about killed me." (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images for AMA) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Tiger Woods

    Professional golfer Tiger Woods took a break from the game in December 2009 after admitting marital infidelity following revelations about his personal life that erupted after a November car accident near his Florida home. Reports alleged that Woods entered a rehab facility in Pine Grove, Miss., to be treated for "sexual compulsion" and on Jan. 20, 2010, the National Enquirer published a photo allegedly showing Woods outside the facility. (Toru Hanai / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Mischa Barton

    Actress Mischa Barton was arrested in December 2007 on a DUI charge and secretly entered an undisclosed rehab facility to let the courts know that she realized her mistake and was not a "drunk," she told Marie Claire magazine. (Tim Whitby / Getty Images for Samsung) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. David Duchovny

    David Duchovny, who plays a sex-obsessed character on Showtime's "Californication," entered a rehabilitation facility for sex addiction in August 2008. The actor said he did so voluntarily, in a statement released by his lawyer, said "I ask for respect and privacy for my wife and children as we deal with this situation as a family." (Max Nash / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. David Hasselhoff

    Actor David Hasselhoff of "Baywatch" and "Knight Rider" fame admits to an alcohol addiction that began in the early 1970s. In May 2007, a home video showed the shirtless actor in a drunken stupor, lying on the floor trying to eat a cheeseburger while his daughter behind the camera says, "Tell me you are going to stop." Throughout 2009, numerous reports alleged that Hasselhoff was hospitalized for alcohol-related reasons. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Wynonna Judd

    Wynonna Judd shot to stardom when she sang with her mother as country duo The Judds. On a 2003 "Oprah Winfrey Show" appearance, Judd discussed her "severe dependency on food." She was treated for a food addiction at the Shades of Hope rehab center in Texas. (Rusty Russell / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Robert Downey Jr.

    Dogged by addiction from an early age, actor Robert Downey Jr. appeared to be back on track when he earned an Academy Award nomination for his work in "Chaplin" in 1992. But by 1996, the actor began a downward spiral of drugs and rehab and jail that had many declaring his career over. Often held up as the poster boy of successful Hollywood comebacks, a drug-free Downey has starred in the blockbuster "Iron Man" series as well as "Sherlock Holmes," "The Soloist" and "Tropic Thunder" in recent years. (Nick Ut / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Tara Reid

    According to her publicist, actress Tara Reid checked into the Promises Treatment Center in Malibu, Calif., on Dec. 12, 2008. The publicist did not specify what treatment was sought. A former child actress, Reid is known as much for her appearances in tabloids as for such films as "American Pie." (Paul Buck / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Amy Winehouse

    Singer Amy Winehouse was admitted to rehab in January 2008 after struggling with drug and alcohol abuse. That same year, a video surfaced online that showed the singer smoking what appeared to be crack cocaine. In February, Winehouse dominated the Grammy Awards with five wins and performed her hit song "Rehab" via satellite from London. (Kevork Djansezian / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Kirsten Dunst

    In February 2008, Kirsten Dunst checked into the Cirque Lodge in Utah for an unspecified problem. A source told People magazine the "Spider-Man" actress has been "partying hard for a while." (Francois Durand / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Eva Mendes

    Actress Eva Mendes checked into Utah's Cirque Lodge in January 2008 to seek professional help for undisclosed "personal issues." Mendes has starred in "Training Day," "2 Fast 2 Furious" and "Hitch" among other films. (Marcus Brandt / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Delta Burke

    Actress Delta Burke checked herself into a clinic in 2008 to "adjust to medication," according to a rep for her husband, Gerald McRaney. Burke suffers from a "number of conditions" including depression, high blood pressure and diabetes. (Marianne Todd / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Samaire Armstrong

    In October 2007, actress Samaire Armstrong entered an outpatient facility "for undisclosed personal issues." Armstrong appeared on "Dirty Sexy Money," "The O.C." and "Entourage." (Mark Mainz / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Eddie Van Halen

    In a 2007 statement to fans posted on Eddie Van Halen's website, the guitarist said he decided to seek treatment because "at the moment I do not feel that I can give you my best. That's why I have decided to enter a rehabilitation facility to work on myself, so that in the future I can deliver the 110 percent that I feel I owe you and want to give you." (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Britney Spears

    Pop princess Britney Spears checked into Promises Malibu rehabilitation center on Feb. 22, 2007. Earlier in the same week, the singer voluntarily checked into the rehab center, and then checked out the following day. The singer also reportedly checked in and out of a facility in Antigua. She caused concern after shaving off her hair at a salon Feb. 16. The star regained some stability and released new music in recent years thanks in part to the watchful eye of her father. () Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Isaiah Washington

    Actor Isaiah Washington of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" entered a facility to begin counseling related to his homophobic remarks about castmate T.R. Knight in Jan. 2007. At the time he issued a statement saying: "I regard this as a necessary step toward understanding why I did what I did and making sure it never happens again." (Phil Mccarten / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Tara Conner

    Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner, who had come under criticism amid rumors she had been frequenting bars while underage, finished a stay in an addiction treatment center in Pennsylvania in 2007. The Kentucky native has since admitted she is an alcoholic and used cocaine. (Rick Maiman / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Eminem

    In 2005, days after the rapper cited "exhaustion" for the cancellation of the European leg of his "Anger Management 3" tour, Eminem's rep confirmed that the artist had entered a drug rehabilitation facility in his native Michigan for dependency on sleep medication. In 2009, he released an album titled "Relapse," and followed it up in 2010 with "Recovery." (Andrew Medichyini / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Whitney Houston

    In 2002, after years of denying drug use, Whitney Houston admitted to using cocaine, marijuana and pills. In both 2004 and 2005, Houston checked herself into rehabilitation centers. The Grammy-winning singer divorced her husband of 15 years, Bobby Brown, in 2007. (Fred Prouser / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Courtney Love

    In 2004, Courtney Love was sentenced to 18 months in rehab as part of a plea deal for charges stemming from an incident in which the rocker tried to break into her ex-boyfriend's home while high on cocaine. The following year, Love admitted to using drugs in violation of her probation and was ordered into a 28-day drug treatment program. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. The Osbournes

    In addition to rocker Ozzy's numerous rehab stays, both Jack and Kelly Osbourne have sought help for drug abuse -- Kelly for painkillers, Jack for marijuana and alcohol. Sharon, matriach of the Osbourne clan, had once infamously tricked Ozzy into rehab by telling him there would be a bar. (Dave Hogan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. kate Moss

    In 2005, supermodel Kate Moss checked into a clinic, following newspaper revelations suggesting she used cocaine. The scandal threatened to ruin her career, but instead it propelled her into the spotlight. Moss has since signed several contracts with top fashion houses. In 2006, she was briefly engaged to Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty, who has been in and out of rehab himself. (Scott Wintrow / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Mel Gibson

    In 2006, actor/director Mel Gibson reportedly attended rehab after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, to which he later pled no contest. While in police custody, Gibson reportedly made lewd and anti-Semitic remarks. He later described the experience "as a gift to me, because it's made me really sort of scratch my head and focus on a couple of things that I needed to." (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Mary-Kate Olsen

    Actress Mary-Kate Olsen checked into rehab in Utah's Cirque Lodge in 2004 to reportedly be treated for an eating disorder. Reports of a rumored drug problem were denied by her publicist. (Chris Polk / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Foxy Brown

    In January 2007, rapper Foxy Brown was sentenced to anger management classes for a fight in a nail salon. She was later kicked out of the program for allegedly threatening an employee over a billing dispute. (Scott Gries / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. Mike Tyson

    In 2006, heayweight boxer Mike Tyson left an Arizona drug rehab center after only five days of treatment for cocaine abuse. The troubled ex-champ decided to check into the clinic in Phoenix for 30 days after being inspired by a recent trip to Chairman Mao's tomb in China. (Andrew Yates / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. Nicole Richie

    In 2006, Nicole Richie, whose rail-thin appearance stoked tabloid speculation of an eating disorder, checked into a treatment facility to address her inability to gain weight. Three years earlier -- and a few pounds heavier -- "The Simple Life" star spent time in drug rehab after pleading guilty to felony heroin possession. (Gene Blevins / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. Keith Urban

    Keith Urban returned to the concert stage in Janurary 2007 after undergoing treatment for alcohol abuse. "I'm looking forward to getting back on the road, to reconnecting with everyone and to doing what it is that I love to do," said the country star, who wed fellow Aussie Nicole Kidman just four months before checking into rehab. (John Russell / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. Robin Williams

    In 2006, after 20 years of being sober, Robin Williams began drinking again and checked himself into rehab for alcohol addiction. At the time his rep said the Oscar winner "found himself drinking again and decided to take proactive measures to deal with this for his own well-being and the well-being of his family." (Dan Steinberg / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  37. Billy Joel

    In 2005, less than a year after marrying his third wife, Kate Lee, Billy Joel checked into the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., for a month-long stint for alcohol abuse. The singer/songwriter first sought help in 2002 at a substance abuse and psychiatric center in Connecticut. (Roland Magunia / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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