Official: Ashton Kutcher joins 'Two and a Half Men'


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It’s official: Ashton Kutcher has replaced Charlie Sheen as the star of CBS’ Two and a Half Men.

Kutcher joins returning stars Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones, Holland Taylor, Marin Hinkle and Conchata Ferrell on the top-rated series, which will be back on the air next fall. Production starts this summer.

“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,” said Kutcher in a statement. “I can’t replace Charlie Sheen but I’m going to work my ass off to entertain the hell out of people!”

Kutcher will reportedly earn nearly $1 million an episode to join the hit series. It’s not clear whether the salary includes any backend profits from reruns but it’s still hundreds of thousands more than what any A-list star would earn to join a show.

“We are so lucky to have someone as talented, joyful and just plain remarkable as Ashton joining our family,” said Chuck Lorre, creator and executive producer of the show. “Added to that is the deep sigh of relief knowing that our family stays together. If I was any happier, it’d be illegal.”

CBS and Warner Bros. searched for a well-known name to fill Sheen’s shoes, with Hugh Grant coming closest to signing onto the show before dropping out earlier this week. Kutcher has plenty of sitcom experience from his days on That ’70s Show, though the Fox series was more of an ensemble whereas on Men the actor will have to perform a large amount of the comedic heavy lifting.

Since word of his casting leaked yesterday, fans have debated whether he’s a good choice for the role, but the main issue is having anybody other than Sheen starring in a hit show that was, to some extent, built around his persona.

“Ashton is a pop culture triple threat—film star, cutting-edge producer and a social media pioneer,” added Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment. “He brings creativity, energy and personality to everything he touches.”

“Ashton Kutcher brings a new and distinctive comedic flavor to Two and a Half Men,” said Peter Roth, President, Warner Bros. Television. “We look forward to a great future for this revamped and reenergized show.”

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  • Adam S.

    The question they fail to answer…is he a new character or simply the new “Charlie”

    • Zek

      Its a new character it was mentioned on another site. They didn’t say how Charlie would be written out.

      • something is wrong

        the triple threat definition has been watered down. this was not a good decision, Jon Cryer should have been made the lead – he was the funny one on the show, everyone loves the loveable loser, thats what made the cast of Cheers adored same as George Costanza

      • Mike

        it’s better that Cryer stays as the supporting role. Making him the lead could overexpose him and make his schtick get very old, very fast

      • UGH


      • JaySin420

        Well I guess this means Charlie won lol.

      • Lori

        I love his hair, he has no hair on his left side, very strange, and SwedishFriendFinder was amazing

      • Jawsphobia

        They should do an episode called “Waiting for Charlie” like “Waiting for Godot” just cast and crew on stage wandering around and unable to shoot because Sheen hasn’t showed up and they speculate about drugs or a hooker date gone sour and in the end we find out he got stuck on a ski lift and was eventually eaten by wolves.

  • Derek

    I love hearing pure fluff such as Ashton being a “triple threat”. Uh no lady…just…no.

    So I think we all know the show will be done after next season,and hopefully the other 1 and half Men will find something.

  • bellie

    Let hope he bring something new

  • Franckie Williams

    Jeremy Piven and Hugh Grant were better choices (and actors…) :/

    • K

      Robert Downey Jr would be perfect person to fill in for Charlie’s character. Anyway just kill Charlie off and forget Ashton. Time to move on.

      • sue

        I think RD has a few other things on his mind. Like a hot movie career. No doubt Ashton will just be a variation of Kelso.

      • Anna

        Dude. RDJ is too damn brilliant for a comedy show. Silly you.

      • Pierre Emond

        Say whatever you want about Charlie, but he was perfect for that role, and I agree that Robert Downey or in his younger days, Don Johnson would have been perfect too.

        I’m not sure what the new show will be like, but I do have an unreasonable amount of faith in Chuck Lorre and his incredible creative genius.

    • Emanuel

      Agreed! Jeremy Piven would be a wise choice!

      • Bobby’s Robot

        As long as they kept him away from the sushi.

    • Vince

      Jeremy Piven? That idiot couldn’t do the play he was in because of that so called sickness. What a bore.

    • Jawsphobia

      They should have introduced a diffent guest charlie every week and just not acknowledge that there is anything different even if his age and look are way off. The guests could even be holding scripts. They should have got Henry Winkler, Lee Majors, Scott Bacula, Michael Moore, and Quentin Tarantino to play Charlie Harper.

      • K Dub

        Awesome idea. Why stop there? Cast Ving Rhames, Nathan Lane, James Vanderbeek, Mario Lopez, Nick Cannon, Tilda Swinton, Ashley Olsen, Roseanne Barr, Margaret Cho… hell, why not “go there” and even cast Martin Sheen. Brilliant!

  • jaymi

    Is he really worth all this money? Have not seen proof of this from him in the past.

    • Krystal

      seriously. A million an episode. It’s shocking. Like if there is 25 episodes a season he is coming home with 25 million dollars. Crazy talk.

      • ddddddd

        1 million per episode is not a lot, charlie sheen was making about 1.8

  • cafenitro

    Better than that idiot Sheen.

  • Mojo

    The show clearly jumped the shark a year or two ago. This move will hasten its demise. CBS will gather the last few dollars will it does so. Case closed.

    • cafenitro

      The show jumped the shark on the first episode. It’s just one bad sex joke after another but the rabble seem to like it.

      • Bobby

        The term now is to nuke the fridge. Get with the times, jeez.

      • Shiela

        “Nuke the Fridge” refers to a low point in a film, taken from the Indiana Jones movie where he survives a nuke attack while in a fridge. “Jump the Shark” (from Happy Days when Fonzie jumped a shark) still refers to the low point on a TV show. Duh!!!

      • @ Shiels

        Nuke the Fridge is the new Jumped the Shark. Its a moment in a film or TV series where the action that takes place is outside of the world that the characters live in, and thus destroys the credibility the show/movie had with its audience. Fonzie jumping over the sharks would never have happened in the world of Happy Days, as well as Indiana Jones surviving a nuke by hiding out in a fridge, getting blasted across the desert, and emerging slightly dazed but otherwise OK. JTS is just over-used, and often used incorrectly.

      • Becky Anne Leaman

        Quit trying to make “nuke the fridge happen” – it’s not going to happen. Besides, we’re talking about television, not film, so you need to get your mediums straight. Happy Days didn’t hit a low-point when The Fonz jumped the shark, the show absolutely DIED at that point… and there was no bringing it back. Jump the shark means the show has been pronounced “cancelled” despite every effort for another season or official word from the studio. Moving on though, NUKE THE FRIDGE refers to the moments where a work of fiction becomes so unbelievable that it’s no longer possible for the audience to suspend their belief… i.e. – the fridge scene in Indiana Jones or every time an airplane went over a cliff in ‘2012’ (it happened too many times to count). If Ashton Kutcher’s stunt casting tanks, then the show has jumped the shark. If it gives the show some fuel, then America is just stupid. In closing, “nuke the fridge” doesn’t apply to this situation, if anything this is only similar to Darren’s recasting on Bewitched or the addition of a new cast-member on any other sitcom. Nuking the fridge doesn’t take place in TV land.

      • JD

        “Happy Days didn’t hit a low-point when The Fonz jumped the shark, the show absolutely DIED at that point… and there was no bringing it back. Jump the shark means the show has been pronounced “cancelled” despite every effort for another season or official word from the studio.”

        – Happy Days had something like 4 seasons after the shark jumping. So it didn’t die; it just lost something less tangible than that, the last ounce of beleivability, and that is what both terms really mean.

      • JD

        I mean fictional credibility… sorry, second language.

      • K Dub

        Arguing about “jumped the shark” vs. “nuked the fridge” has now jumped the fridge.

  • andrew

    Guess I have seen my last show.

    • cafenitro

      AKA Charlie Sheen

      • Angela

        I have seen my last 2.5 men and will not even plan my night around seeing if This wanna be Sheen is worth their investment. Charlie still has loyal fans that want to see him back working @ men. Wish the show the best but will not watch without Charlie!

      • Pete

        Don’t let the door hit you on the way out Angela! I’ll be watching 2.5 men for the first time this fall, happy to support a show that tossed out the trash! Sheen is such a loser!

      • ddddddd

        no matter what show you’re talking about, starting in the 8th season is straight up retarded

  • Hermione

    Meh. I have never watched 2 1/2 men, and I have no plans to; but I’m glad he’ll be out of the film scene for a while now. *phew*

  • big…big fan of charlie

    what a ridiculous mistake!!!
    they must know that without charlie, 2.5 is 1.5!
    so dont try to fix the mess u all did against charlie

    • Joe

      2.0 men. One grown man, a mature kid and Kelso.

  • alexNYC

    This gives the same negative feeling as the Wonder Woman series….fail!

    • Jawsphobia

      The WW series has a chance. David E. Kelley is show runner on that. He’s one of the best writers on television with a good sense of silly.

  • SW

    Ashton will be a great addition to 2 & 1/2 Men. He is super funny! Did ya’ ever see Dude, Where’s my Car or My Boss’s Daughter?? So funny!

  • Rengaw

    I think it’s a shame CBS is continuing this show without Charlie Sheen, Ashton is a talented star and diserves his own comedy show, not coming in off bad feelings from another star. I blame CBS & Chuck Lorre for the whole mess and creating another one.

    • Tracy

      I couldn’t have said it better!

    • Clint

      CBS had nothing to do with this. They never wanted Charlie to leave the show. This whole mess was all because of Chuck Lorre and Warner Bros.

    • twizzle

      Oh yeah, being a drunken, belligerent, narcissistic man wh0re had nothing to do with the situation at hand!

      • Clint

        He was all that when they hired him for the show 8 years ago. So why should it matter now?

      • Brainiac

        It became problematic when it affected his performance on set. I suppose they figured his personal life was none of their business, until it started affecting his work.

        But I think they should just end this show. It started getting even raunchier to the point where some audience members couldn’t put up with it. The half man went from cute kid to very awkward teen. His former cuteness helped offset some of the raunch. And it will never be the same. I think it would have been very believable to have Uncle Charlie go off to rehab and Alan find a nice girl and end the show.

    • lhector

      I agree, they made the whole show around Charlie and his casual sex, and drinking binges, but stopped it because his real life was the same…I stopped watching bc it was not my type of show anymore too much of the above, but without Charlie it will tank. I love Aston, but he is going in to save something that is already dead.

  • Clete

    Television executives refuse to think outside the box. Why does the replacement have to be a man or even a woman? Make the new character a Gennie in a bottle, or a talking horse or an alien. Bring something new to the mix.

    • TLZ


  • cafenitro

    They should have just got Emilio Estevez and dyed his hair black.

    • kapp

      You are right. They look somehow similar.

      • Emanuel

        Of course they do, they’re brothers.

      • Jawsphobia

        Cafenitro, apparently Emilio has already appeared on the show as someone else. But I agree Elilio might have been a more interesting way to go.

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