Roseanne Barr: I can relate to the Charlie Sheen stuff
Comedienne and actress Roseanne Barr says she can relate to the turmoil of Charlie Sheen, who was famously axed from his CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men" earlier this year.
Sheen, 45, had played a party-loving bachelor on the network's No. 1 comedy and was fired earlier this year after ranting about the show's co-creator Chuck Lorre on the air and following a rehab stint for alcohol and drug abuse. Producers said the actors had "been engaged in dangerously self-destructive conduct and appears to be very ill."
Barr details her own experience developing and starring in her own sitcom, "Roseanne," in a recent column in New York Magazine. The show also starred John Goodman as Barr's husband and ran between 1988 and 1997. It was among the most popular comedy shows and hit No. 1 within months of its debut.
"Charlie Sheen was the world's most famous john, and a sitcom was written around him," Barr says in her column. "That just says it all. Doing tons of drugs, smacking prostitutes around, holding a knife up to the head of your wife - sure, that sounds like a dream come true for so many guys out there, but that doesn't make it right!"
"People do what they can get away with (or figure they can), and Sheen is, in fact, a product of what we call politely the 'culture.' Where I can relate to the Charlie stuff is his undisguised contempt for certain people in his work environment and his unwillingness to play a role that's expected of him on his own time."
Sheen has not responded to the actress' comments. Barr said on her blog in March, at the peak of Sheen's turmoil, that she hoped the actor will "get the money they owe him," adding: "No longer will he have to be publicly hated, derided and humiliated by intelligent women, and perhaps one might befriend him, which would so change his life."
Barr said she suffered a nervous breakdown amid a feud with producers of "Roseanne." She said she hated the clothes she was told to wear on camera, argued over her lines and cried on set.
"Winning" in Hollywood means not just power, money, and complimentary smoked-salmon pizza, but also that everyone around you fails just as you are peaking," Barr said, citing one of Sheen's favorite catchphrases, which he is trying to trademark.
When you become No. 1, you might begin to believe, as Cher once said in an interview, that you are 'one of God's favorite children,' one of the few who made it through the gauntlet and survived."
"All of that sounds very much like the diagnosis for bipolar disorder, which more and more stars are claiming to have these days," Barr added. "I have it, as well as several other mental illnesses, but then, I've always been a trendsetter, even though I'm seldom credited with those kinds of things. And I was not crazy before I created, wrote, and starred in television's first feminist and working-class-family sitcom (also its last)."
Barr is set to return to television in July with the Lifetime reality series "Roseanne's Nuts," which shows her running a macadamia nut farm in Hawaii, where she currently lives with her boyfriend Johnny Argent, son Jake and two dogs, Moxie and Zim. She also details her life experiences in her book "Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm," which was released in January.
Last week, CBS announced Ashton Kutcher had joined the cast of "Two and a Half Men." His role has not yet been revealed. Sheen responded quickly, wishing the former "That 70's Show" actor his best but adding that ratings for the show would drop.
Production on the ninth season of the "Two and a Half Men" will begin this summer and air in the fall, CBS said.