Charlie Sheen's former boss Chuck Lorre has been struggling with "heartbreak, rage and grief" in the aftermath of his public feud with the star.
The troubled actor launched a vicious verbal assault on the Two and a Half Men creator after the show was suspended to allow Sheen more time to receive rehab treatment earlier this year (11).
Sheen refused to back down and his ranting eventually cost him his job on the series, while he subsequently filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against his TV bosses to protest his dismissal.
Lorre has now spoken out about his feelings in the wake of recent events by posting a 'vanity card' - a note in the closing credits - on his other TV show, Big Bang Theory, on Thursday (31Mar11).
The message reads, "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 bulls**t!... I know these are words meant to reassure, but somehow they always leave me feeling that heartbreak, rage and grief are going to come shooting out of me like kidney stones through an inflamed urethra...
"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'."