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Charlie Sheen says he ‘traded early retirement for a f**king hashtag’ during ‘tiger blood’ era

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Charlie Sheen says he traded early retirement for a hashtag
Charlie Sheen lost his job on Two and a Half Men during this period (Picture: Rex)

Charlie Sheen has opened up about his past behaviour, discussing his infamous ‘tiger blood’ era.

The actor, 55, made headlines a decade ago after a series of off-the-wall interviews where he coined phrases like ‘tiger blood’ and ‘winning’ meant his contract with Two and a Half Men was terminated in 2011. 

He was released from the show after entering a rehabilitation centre and verbally attacking the show’s creator Chuck Lorre in a series of interviews. 

Charlie revealed that fans still talk to him about the incident and are glad they could be part of getting his words trending – something he is less keen on. 

He told Yahoo Entertainment: ‘People have [said to] me, “Hey, man, that was so cool, that was so fun to watch. That was so cool to be a part of and support and all that energy and, you know, we stuck it to the man.”

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‘My thought behind that is, “Oh, yeah, great. I’m so glad that I traded early retirement for a f**king hashtag.”’

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Charlie had ranted about the show’s boss, Chuck Lorre, which led to him being written out (Picture: Action Press/REX)

Speaking about how he handled the situation with the network CBS – where he was once the highest-paid actor on TV for his role as Charlie Harper – Charlie added: ‘There was 55 different ways for me to handle that situation, and I chose number 56.

‘And it was that giant left turn in that moment that led to, you know, a very unfortunate sequence of public and insane events.’

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Charlie had previously been the highest-paid actor on TV (Picture: Warner Bros Tv/Chuck Lorre Prod/Kobal/Rex)

He admitted that his behaviour was because of ‘drugs or the residual effects of drugs … and it was also an ocean of stress and a volcano of disdain,’ after falling off the wagon after being diagnosed with HIV.

He revealed in 2016 that he had had ‘no cocaine, no booze for 11 years’ in the past so knew he was able to go without alcohol or drugs. 

Following rehab, Charlie celebrated his first year of sobriety in 2018 and last year also celebrated a year since he gave up smoking, too. 

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