Charlie Sheen thanks CBS for support
Los Angeles: Charlie Sheen thanked his bosses, co-stars and fans for their support Wednesday, hours after authorities released a 911 call in which a doctor described the actor as "very, very intoxicated" and in pain.
Sheen`s thanks come as his off-camera antics, which led to a trip to the hospital last week and a return to rehab, caused a halt of production on television`s highest-rated comedy, "Two and a Half Men."
In a four-paragraph statement, Sheen thanked his bosses, CBS chief Les Moonves and Warner Bros.` TV division President Bruce Rosenblum, for "their concern and support."
The statement demonstrated a different tone from the actor, who after his hospitalization sent a text message to an editor of the celebrity website Radaronline.com saying he was fine. "People don`t seem to get it.... Guy can`t have a great time and do his job also?" the website reported Sheen writing.
In Wednesday`s statement, Sheen likened himself to another Hollywood actor who attracted notoriety for his off-camera behavior.
"Like Errol Flynn, who had to put down his sword on occasion, I just want to say, `thank you.`"
Flynn, the 1930`s movie idol famous for his swashbuckling roles, also made headlines for his off-screen personal and legal troubles.
In the 911 call, Nassif is heard asking a dispatcher whether anyone from Sheen`s camp had called, and when told that no one had, the doctor said: "These people are afraid to call."
During most of the call, Nassif could be heard finding the address to Sheen`s home so Nassif could give it to the dispatcher. Nassif was talking to his wife, Adrienne Maloof-Nassif, a co-star of the reality TV series "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," and placed another call to find Sheen`s address.
When the dispatcher asked Nassif for further updates, he replied: "All I know is I got a secretary who called and said he`s in severe pain and is intoxicated. He said he`s very worried but he said don`t call anybody."
He did not offer any new details on his treatment. "I have a lot of work to do to be able to return the support I have received from so many people," Sheen`s statement said.
It was issued hours after the Los Angeles Fire Department released a 5-minute recording in which Dr. Paul Nassif said he received a call from Sheen`s residence and spoke with a secretary who sounded worried about the 45-year-old actor.
"They said don`t call 911, but I got (Sheen) on the phone and he was very, very intoxicated, also apparently in a lot of pain," Nassif said.
Sheen was taken to a Los Angeles area hospital last Thursday and was released later that day. Sheen`s publicist, Stan Rosenfield, cited the actor`s history of hernia problems and later said his client went into rehab, but he did not say why.
Rosenfield declined to comment Wednesday on the actor`s condition, citing medical privacy laws.