Executive Producer Chuck Lorre explains why Charlie Sheen was missing in finale

By Lynette Rice
Updated February 20, 2015 01:30 AM
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Charlie Sheen had his chance.

But the actor, who infamously starred in – and flamed out of – Two And a Half Men, decided to skip Thursday night’s finale.

As he typically does, Executive Producer Chuck Lorre got the last word, explaining in his end-of-show vanity card how the negotiations played out:

"I know a lot of you might be disappointed that you didn’t get to see Charlie Sheen in tonight’s finale. For the record, he was offered a role. Our idea was to have him walk up to the front door in the last scene, ring the doorbell, then turn, look directly into the camera and go off on a maniacal rant about the dangers of drug abuse. He would then explain that these dangers only apply to average people. That he was far from average. He was a ninja warrior from Mars. He was invincible.

And then we would drop a piano on him.

We thought it was funny.

He didn’t.

Instead, he wanted us to write a heart-warming scene that would set up his return to primetime TV in a new sitcom called" The Harpers starring him and Jon Cryer.

We thought that was funny too.

In the finale, Lorre himself ended up doing a cameo – and a piano fell on his head.

A high-ranking CBS executive confirmed to PEOPLE that there were discussions with Sheen, “but they weren’t substantial.”

Lorre elaborated to Variety on Thursday that it was all true: “I made a decision a month or so ago that there was so much demand, so much excitement about seeing Charlie come back for the finale that it was the right thing to do to try to come up with something we could have fun with, to poke fun at all the craziness. It was presented to him. He didn’t like it. And we weren’t excited about what he wanted to do. So it didn’t go forward.”