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Charlie Sheen MIA on Set, Denise Sounded Alarm

2/24/2010 2:53 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Charlie Sheen Was MIA on SetCharlie Sheen's ex-wife warned people on "Two and a Half Men" that Charlie needed help badly ... sources tell TMZ.

We've learned Denise Richards contacted an exec from the show Monday morning and said she was concerned about Charlie relapsing and wanted someone to step in and convince him to go to rehab.

Sources connected with the show tell us when Charlie did not show up for work on Monday or Tuesday, it became apparent to "Two and a Half Men's" Executive Producer Chuck Lorre that Friday's filming was in jeopardy.

We're told Charlie himself realized the show, along with his freedom because of the whole bail issue, were on the line ... and that is what forced his hand.

More sources have come forward and confirmed TMZ's story ... that Charlie is the one who made the decision to go to rehab.

And something else: Our sources say at 10:30 AM yesterday a plan was in place to admit Charlie at 8:00 PM to the rehab facility. In other words, Charlie didn't get cold feet.

As we first reported, the plan is for Charlie to return to the set two weeks from Monday. If that happens, Warner Bros. can deliver the remaining 6 episodes for the season to CBS on time.

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Anthony Truex    

What drugs is he in rehab for?Prescription or others?

1618 days ago
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dr cyclops    

who gives a rats ass,,,hope he gets cancer..forsooth a pox upon ye old drunk...get a life people..tis a new day on tmz,,i am here now so watch it

1618 days ago
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JQ    

I've noticed he's been looking worse this season than previously.

1618 days ago
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shell    

What a loser!! And good for Denise for stepping forward. Say what you will about her, but she has to protect the future of her girls. I think she is very committed to her kids and a decent mom. With Charlie throwing his show down the tubes she has to make sure that her monthly check comes in. He is such an ass and then he marries a druggie too.

On a sidenote, our adoption home study will be complete in the next few weeks and we will be eligible to adopt. Since drugs/booze seem to be more important to Charlie and Brooke than their kids are, why not place them in a good home?

1618 days ago
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Lisa    

For TMZ, this whole story is more popular than MJ and Tiger Woods now. Okay so they are both in rehab, Brooke has the kids..The End.

1618 days ago
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Wow    

1618 days ago
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Chris    

By all means, it's vitally important to get all the shows in on time-never mind the fact that both parents of these children need drug rehab because they put their own selfish needs ahead of the welfare of their children's. It's past the point of being sad- it's disgusting.

1618 days ago
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CrossT    

Good for Denise. No matter what this man has (or hasn't done...none of us actually know), he is the father of her beautiful girls. I hope he can get his act together before this ends tragically.

1618 days ago
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su.san smith    

i was wondering when Denise would show up in this mess of Charlie's.

1618 days ago
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Stephen    

I would film the rest of the season without Charlie. Focus on Alan, The mother, The kid and housekeeper. Each of them are great on the show.

I agree with an earlier post, Charlie has been looking a little rough this season.

1618 days ago
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Earthling    

Isn't it a step forward when people can put their grudges behind them and move on like Denise did. Way to go girl!!!! I'm looking forward to seeing a happy ending.

1618 days ago
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Wombat    

I was a Charlie fan, but now I hope they just throw his ass in jail for a long time. Anyone that can keep getting to the top and throw it all away again and again over drugs, alcohol and bimbos needs to just GTFO.

1618 days ago
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1618 days ago
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Sandbox    

Those two babies just need to be adopted out. Still in diapers and their loser parents are BOTH in rehab and about to go to court for felony abuse charges!! These kids don't stand a chance at a normal life!!

1618 days ago
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woodin    

Why the hell is Denise Richards sticking her nose into Charlie business. Last I heard her title was ex-wife. If my ex called up my employer for any reason, I would sue the hell out of her.

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