Sheen sits down for first TV chat since show scandal

Charlie Sheen has sat down for his first television interview since producers pulled his hit sitcom Two And A Half Men following his public rant against writer Chuck Lorre.

The actor's private and professional life has headed into meltdown since he was hospitalised following a wild night of partying with prostitutes in January (11).

Production on the show was halted as Sheen began a rehab course at his Los Angeles home. However, he blamed TV bosses for placing the cast and crew on a "forced hiatus" and viciously lashed out against the comedy's writer Lorre through the press, calling him a "clown" and a "worm".

The rant led CBS producers to pull Two and a Half Men from TV schedules for the foreseeable future, and now Sheen has given a candid interview to rival network ABC to give his side of the story.

The chat with reporter Andrea Canning for news show 20/20 will be an hour-long special which will air on Tuesday (01Mar11). Previews of the interview will also be aired on Good Morning America.