It looks as if Charlie Sheen finally has CBS' full attention.
The network announced Friday afternoon that it was putting "Two and a Half Men" on "production hiatus" because Sheen, who was hospitalized with abdominal pain on Thursday, is entering rehab.
The show whose paycheck has likely helped fuel its star's drug-and-porn star adventures is one of the network's -- and television's -- highest-rated shows, and Sheen's ability to make it into work even during periods when he'd reportedly been partying hard has so far kept CBS from having to make any tough decisions about its clearly troubled star.
Just two weeks ago, CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler told reporters at the Television Critics Association's winter meetings that while "we have a high level of concern" about Sheen, "you can't look at it simplistically. Charlie is professional. He comes to work. He does his job extremely well...And the show's a hit."
Here's the statement the network released a few minutes ago:
"Due to Charlie Sheen’s decision to enter a rehabilitation center, CBS, Warner Bros. Television and executive producer Chuck Lorre are placing 'Two and a Half Men' on production hiatus. We are profoundly concerned for his health and well-being, and support his decision."