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From tiger blood and trolls to filth, 'Two and a Half Men' well-acquainted with scandal

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A 2003 photo from "Two and a Half Men."

For the first six-plus years of its run, the biggest headlines surrounding "Two and a Half Men," had to do with the show's runaway ratings. Since it premiered in 2003, the CBS comedy has consistently ranked among the most-viewed in all of television. This season alone, the show has averaged approximately 13 million viewers per episode, according to Nielsen ratings. . It would now be fair to say that a good portion of those viewers are also familiar with the show's teen star Angus T. Jones and his plea for viewers to "stop watching" the show he's deemed to be "filth."

But this is far from the first scandal surrounding the show or those who make it, including former lead Charlie Sheen and "Men" creator Chuck Lorre. Remember these?

2009: Charlie Sheen & Brooke Mueller's Christmas 911 call

Sheen's then-wife Brooke Mueller placed a 911 call alleging she'd been the victim of domestic violence. "My husband had me with a knife. I was scared for my life and he threatened me," she said in the recording. Sheen was arrested on domestic violence charges; ultimately, Sheen worked out a plea deal when the case went to court, and was sentenced to rehab, probation, and domestic violence counseling.

2010: Sheen allegedly trashes Plaza Hotel room

Although he'd later call allegations that he flew into an intoxicated rage at New York's Plaza Hotel while vacationing with his family "overblown," the incident was a catalyst for the escalating troubles surrounding the actor -- and the show.

2011: 'Two and a Half Men' shuts down production early

CBS finally halts production weeks ahead of schedule, citing "the totality of Charlie Sheen's statements, conduct and condition." 

2011: Lorre's vanity card slams Sheen

In one of Lorre's show-ending vanity cards, the "Men" creator finally got some thoughts off his chest. In a thinly veiled slam of Sheen, he wrote, "I exercise regularly. I eat moderate amounts of healthy food. I make sure to get plenty of rest. I see my doctor once a year and my dentist twice a year. I floss every night. I've had chest x-rays, cardio stress tests, EKG's and colonoscopies. I see a psychologist and have a variety of hobbies to reduce stress. I don't drink. I don't smoke. I don't do drugs. I don't have crazy, reckless sex with strangers. If Charlie Sheen outlives me, I'm gonna be really pissed."

2011: Sheen, 'winning,' speaks of 'tiger blood,' Adonis DNA, the 'Sober Valley Lodge'

No one can explain this one better than Sheen himself. Watch the original interview from TODAY.

2011: Sheen fired from 'Men'

Just weeks after the season's premature end, Warner Bros. Television announced March 7 that "after careful consideration," it had "terminated Charlie Sheen's services on 'Two and a Half Men' effective immediately."

2011: Sheen turns on co-star, calls him ‘troll’

In another chapter from the ‘don’t cross Charlie Sheen’ book, the actor accused his former costar Jon Cryer of being a ‘turncoat” and a “troll.”  "Like I said: You're with me, or you're with the trolls," Sheen told E! News March 8. "Obviously he's with the trolls." Cryer took it in stride, joking on “Conan,” “I’ve had to hide the fact that I’m a troll.” 

2011: Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher split

The show's new leading man, Ashton Kutcher, was tabloid fodder for months amid rumors that he'd been cheating on wife Demi Moore. On Nov. 17, the two officially split. "It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton," Moore said in a statement.

2012: Show co-creator disses women

In March 2012, "Men" co-creator Lee Aronsohn didn't exactly endear himself to female viewers by announcing that women "make men damaged" and that he wasn't a fan of women-centric shows, saying, "Enough, ladies, I get it. You have periods." He later apologized via Twitter.


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