The December TV Guide Magazine cover shows Chuck Lorre surrounded by three of the stars on three of his different TV shows (Jon Cryer of Two and a Half Men, Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory and the lovely Melissa McCarthy of Mike and Molly.) In 2010, you might have expected to see Charlie Sheen there. By now, we know better than to expect that.

Charlie Sheen caused a lot of drama for everyone involved with Two and a Half Men, especially producer Chuck Lorre.  Lorre has now done an interview with TV Guide Magazine to talk about what really happened in early 2011 with all of the Charlie Sheen drama.

Here are some of the Chuck Lorre Quotes from the Interview

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“The [studio and the network] chose to make a moral decision as opposed to a financial one. This was not a game. This was drug addiction writ large. This was big-time cocaine, and in his own words, an ‘epic drug run’ that could have ended with either his death or someone else’s.”

Chuck Lorre on Charlie Sheen and Cocaine

“You couldn’t do that much cocaine and work. It was falling apart. It was heartbreaking to be around here then.”

“I didn’t want to be writing a sitcom while my friend died. Or worse, hurt someone else. We couldn’t be complacent. There was a tragedy unfolding right in front of us. There was violence and blackouts. On a certain level, if you’re looking the other way, you’re responsible.”

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Chuck Lorre on Charlie Sheen post 2011

“The man was my friend. I cared for him deeply. We had a great time. We succeeded beyond our wildest dreams. Sometimes I’ll watch the reruns and I’ll go, ‘That was worth watching.” I’m proud of what we did.

This TV Guide Magazine hits newsstands Thursday, Dec. 15.