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Two and a Half Men’s fate is still up in the air, and based on what series co-creator Lee Aronsohn says, CBS and Warner Bros. are trying to work out a deal to keep the show up and running and still profitable. In addition to that, he shared some crass, sexist comments about some other comedies on television.
The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Aronsohn at the Toronto Screenwriting Conference. The first half of their article focuses on whether or not Two and a Half Men will return, and Ashton Kutcher’s status on the show. Apparently, as so often the case, it’s coming down to money. That in itself isn’t huge news, but the article drifts into other territory as THR shares some comments from Aronsohn about the “current-crop of female-centered comedies.”
It’s hard to get a full read on the context of the comments or what led up to them. While THR states that Aronsohn “applauded” women like Whitney Cummings, Chelsea Handler and Tina Fey for “securing a voice to discuss formerly taboo subjects on TV,” the site also quotes Aronsohn as commenting on female focused TV shows, saying, “Enough ladies. I get it. You have periods,” and “But we’re approaching peak vagina on television, the point of labia saturation.”
?Gross. That said, I’m trying to keep a relatively open mind about the man’s comments, not because I like Two and a Half Men (I don’t) or because I think he’s right about “peak vagina on television.” I have a hard time coming to the defense of 2 Broke Girls and Whitney, so that doesn’t help. But it’s hard to really gauge the full context and tone of the comments. My take is that he’s put off by that style of humor in shows like 2 Broke Girls and Whitney, and decided to make a joke about it. But it does come off as sexist, and it seems kind of unnecessary for him to bash these shows so publicly, especially considering one of them is also on CBS.
Aronsohn did go on to admit to some of the man-focused humor in Two and a Half Men, saying, “We do far too many fart jokes on Two and a Half Men. I’m the last person to judge.” And yet, he did just that.