"Two and a Half Men" Creator Chuck Lorre Admits to "Tough Times"

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    Chuck Lorre's habit of adding personal notes at the end of his shows is, in a way, the straw that broke the camel's back and sent Charlie Sheen on his media rampage - so it's oddly fitting that the writer would use them to address the ongoing circus.

    Last night's episode of "The Big Bang Theory" ended with a long "vanity card" from Lorre, in which the writer/producer states: 

    "Whenever I've gone through tough times, well-meaning people have told me that God/the universe does not give us more than we can handle. Well, I've been going through a tough time recently, and sure enough, that old saying has been tossed my way on several morose occasions. After some careful consideration, I've decided it's bull$#*!"

    But he doesn't stop there. After expressing his "heartbreak," "rage," and "grief," he adds: 

    "For someone in crisis, I think a more accurate and helpful assessment of reality would be, 'Love, sex, food, friendship, art, play, beauty and the simple pleasure of a cup of tea are all well and good, but never forget that God/the universe is determined to kill you by whatever means necessary'."

    It was Lorre's joking "If Charlie Sheen outlives me, I'm gonna be really pissed" vanity card at the close of a "Two and a Half Men" episode several months back that launched Sheen on his tirade against Lorre, the sitcom, and nearly everything else in his path.

    Selected Reading: PopEater, Chuck Lorre Productions, Los Angeles Times