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Charlie Sheen

I'm HONORED Kathy Bates

Is Playing My Ghost

3/22/2012 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

If casting Kathy Bates as Charlie Harper's ghost on "Two and a Half Men" was supposed to be an insult, it failed miserably -- because Charlie Sheen is telling friends ... he's "honored" Bates will be playing his old character.

In case you didn't know -- Charlie Harper is scheduled to make a cameo on "Men" on April 30th, and exec producer Chuck Lorre thought it would be funny to cast Kathy Bates instead of Charlie Sheen.

But the jab backfired ... because sources close to Charlie tell TMZ, the Warlock LOVES Kathy. We're told Charlie thinks she's an incredibly funny, talented actress -- and is "honored" the two now share a connection.

According to sources, Charlie can't wait to see Kathy's portrayal -- and will definitely be watching the upcoming episode.



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I've enjoyed anything that Kathy Bates has ever been in. Charlies right she's a great actress, and can be hillarious when she wants to be. I'm still waiting for anger management to come out. I won't be missing that.

907 days ago


I really like Charle Sheen, Chuck Lorrie, not so much.

907 days ago


Get Rid of Alan he Sucks!! Keep the 3 old ladies, and the kids. Bring Charlie back as a ghost of himself. Berta, wins the Lotto and Charlie's mom loses all her money. Mr Lorre, Now you can make another several million dollars because of charlie.

907 days ago


This show should have ended years ago. It keeps getting sleazier and sleazier. I stopped watching it. I had hope it would be better when they dumpped Charlie but it still sucks!

907 days ago


I have to admit miss Charlie Sheen. New Two and Half Men not as funny. Charlie and Jon had chemistry that worked. Lorre needs to swallow his pride, hire back Sheen and let the laughs begin. Just not the same without Sheen. The old cast was hilariuos together. MISS U CHARLIE!

907 days ago


Everything SHOULD be ok as long as Kathy Bates doesn't get nude like she did in that hot tub scene of
About Schmidt!

907 days ago


I don't know how they'll try to pull this one off. Let's just hope the show is funny, for once, without the real Charlie Harper.

907 days ago


They did this same kind of thing on the British Sitcom Coupling years ago with a character named Jeff. Sounds like Chuck Lorre needs to be held accountable for ripping off an idea.

907 days ago


Casting Ashton was a bad decision. The show is

907 days ago


They decided to do something they find funny--it's not the first time someone would have a "ghost" appear, played by someone other than the original person.
What is wrong with TMZ? Is Charlie calling all the shots now? Is he really that insecure that he can't pass up the chance to comment? He ditched the show--they are attempting to keep going. They will try to come up with a variety of ideas they think might be funny--because THAT IS WHAT SITCOM WRITERS AND PRODUCERS DO. It's not unusual. Nor is any of it "anti-Charlie"--it's just comedy writers trying, as they always do and always will, to make a half-hour show seem relevant. And they do it well, with or without Charlie Sheen.

907 days ago


The show just keeps getting worse.

906 days ago


I love the new cable commercial that he is in! "Never re-inact scenes from "Platoon" with Charlie Sheen! Hilarious!

906 days ago


Team Jake! Angus needs his own show! Off topic, why would his parents name him Angus? I suspect he was the butt of alot of cruel jokes, but he is laughing all the way to the bank and beyond!

906 days ago


Chuckles will be watching it?? LOL He's watching every show, he can't stay away! Love the new show - carry on, Kathy Bates; we'll be watching too!

906 days ago


Charlie Sheen is too courteous:in medical terms,the best reanimation of the world cannot resurrect a dead series.

906 days ago
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