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Brett Butler, who starred on the 1990s sitcom, Grace Under Fire, has joined the cast of Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management in a recurring role. The move is ironic since both actors will make their first starring appearances on television since leaving a show created by Chuck Lorre.
A source confirmed the casting to The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday. In Anger Management, Sheen stars as a non-traditional therapist who is a former baseball player. Butler will have a recurring role as the bartender at the bar where Sheen’s character frequently hangs out.
Sheen and Butler both starred on hit shows that were created by Lorre and left when conflicts between the stars and Lorre arose. Sheen, of course, starred on Two and a Half Men and was fired over the summer for his bizarre antics, which were caused by alcohol abuse. Deadline reports that substance abuse also forced Butler’s fall-out with Lorre while starring on Grace Under Fire, which ended in 1998 after five seasons.
Butler battled with an addiction to pain killers, but did seek help. Entertainment Weekly reports that she has been staying out of the spotlight in recent years, claiming in an interview that she lived in a homeless shelter. She recently began doing stand-up comedy in Los Angeles, but has not appeared in a television series since a guest role in a single episode of My Name Is Earl in 2005.
“Brett is a great comedic voice and Charlie and I thought she’d be strong in that role...Besides the obvious irony of her being in one of [Lorre’s] show’s too,” Anger Management executive producer and showrunner Bruce Helford told Deadline.
On Tuesday, FX announced that Anger Management will premiere on Thursday, June 28 at 9:00 p.m.