It's no punk: Ashton to replace Charlie on 'Two and a Half Men'
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It's no punk: Ashton to replace Charlie on 'Two and a Half Men'

May 13, 2011 02:09 pm CDT 

Los Angeles, CA, United States (AHN Entertainment) - Ashton Kutcher is officially aboard "Two and a Half Men." The former "That '70s Show" actor is replacing fired star Charlie Sheen on the CBS Emmy-winning sitcom, it has been announced.

Just a few hours after rumors that Ashton was all but signed into the show, CBS and Warner Bros. Television announced that he is officially a cast member of the hit comedy series.

He will join Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones on the ninth season of the sitcom, as well as Holland Taylor, Marin Hinkle and Conchata Ferrell. Production will begin this summer.

He said in a statement, "I can't wait to get to work with this ridiculously talented 2.5 team and I believe we can fill the stage with laughter that will echo in viewers' homes. I can't replace Charlie Sheen but I'm going to work my ass off to entertain the hell out of people!"

Co-creator Chuck Lorre, who is apparently Charlie's enemy no. 1 on the show, has nothing but praise for Demi Moore's husband, saying, "We are so lucky to have someone as talented, joyful and just plain remarkable as Ashton joining our family."

"Added to that is the deep sigh of relief knowing that our family stays together. If I was any happier, it'd be illegal."

Ashton will definitely help save CBS and Warner Bros. big bucks as his salary, while not puny, is reportedly $1.5 million lesser than Charlie's own $2.5 million salary. As to whether he can help save them the show with ratings remains to be seen.

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