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Charlie Sheen: 'Two and a Half Men' should end

By David Eckstein 

Charlie Sheen is not one to go quietly into the good night. And a year after his famed meltdown that resulted in his ousting from the hit CBS comedy "Two and a Half Men," the actor has more than a few opinions about his old show, its producers and when it should end.

"I don't think it should go on past this year," Sheen said at a NATPE press conference, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "I just think that people are there because there's nowhere else to go."

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Sheen believes the Ashton Kutcher version of the series, which is actually drawing ratings comparable to what they were a year ago, has lost its edge. For this, he blames Chuck Lorre's overall success.

"I don't think that [Kutcher is] working with the best writing because [Lorre is] doing too many shows. He and Jon [Cryer] and Angus [T. Jones] deserve better material," Sheen adds.

Sheen says he understands Kutcher's situation. He was in a somewhat similar position when he took over for Michael J. Fox on "Spin City," albeit under drastically different circumstances.

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"I've done what he's done. ... It's so f------ hard, you can't believe it," he says. "It's all your thinking about and you're surrounded by these ghosts."

But as Sheen embarks on his new project, a sitcom based on the movie "Anger Management," he is pleased to be out from under "Two and a Half Men" producers Chuck Lorre and Lee Aronsohn.

"They're doing their thing and I'm free from their bondage," he says.