TV producer: Enough with the lady sitcoms

NEED TO KNOW
  • The co-creator of 'Two and a Half Men' draws controversy for his comments about women in television
  • Lee Aronsohn says, 'I get it. You have periods'
  • Women in Hollywood take aim at Aronsohn
TV producer: Enough with the lady sitcoms

And you thought no one could outdo Charlie Sheen.

The co-creator of Sheen’s former sitcom, “Two and a Half Men,” thought he’d try by offering some stark comments on women in television.

Lee Aronsohn was forced to apologize after he expressed his lack of affinity for of female-centered comedies on television. In short: He is not a fan.

“Enough, ladies. I get it. You have periods,” Aronsohn said Sunday while attending a Toronto screenwriter conference, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Aronsohn, whose credits also include “The Big Bang Theory” and “Who’s the Boss?,” praised women like writer/producer/actress Tina Fey, late-night host Chelsea Handler and comedienne Whitney Cummings. But he added he didn’t like Cummings’ two sitcoms, “Whitney” and “Two Broke Girls.”

His criticism suggested the television marketplace is oversaturated with female-focused fare.

"We’re approaching peak vagina on television, the point of labia saturation," he said.

As if those comments wouldn’t be enough to incense women in showbiz, Aronsohn was also unapologetic for his show’s portrayal of women as bimbos.

"We're centering the show on two very damaged men," Aronsohn said during a keynote address according to The Hollywood Reporter. "What makes men damaged? Sorry, it’s women. I never got my heart broken by a man."

Tell us what you really think, Lee Aronsohn.

The Backlash

The reactions to Aronsohn’s comments were as swift as they were passionate.

“Um, Lee, women are 51% of the population & a coveted demographic for advertisers. What are you thinking,” questioned “Raising Hope” star Martha Plimpton via Twitter. “The rise of female writers and performers in television is a result of demand. So we’re taking our place at the creative table,” she added.

The New Yorker’s television critic, Nancy Franklin, encouraged followers to contact Aronsohn and “The Daily Show” co-creator Lizz Winstead tweeted, “You realize that if we are at Peak vagina, the prices at the pump are gonna skyrocket.”

The digital chatter prompted an apology from Aronsohn on his Twitter feed.

"Yes, yes - it was a stupid joke. I'm sorry," he wrote.

CBS -- which airs “Two and a Half Men” -- told HLN, “We respectfully decline comment.”

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