Ashton Kutcher will replace Charlie Sheen on “Two and a Half Men” – but not as Charlie Harper. (Photo Credit: CC BY/David Shankbone/Flickr)

TMZ reports that Ashton Kutcher will officially replace Charlie Sheen on the long-running sitcom “Two and a Half Men.” Sources indicate that the former “That 70s Show” and “Punk’d” star has signed a contract that will pay him between $625,000 and $900,000 per episode, just more than half of what Sheen reportedly earned. Season nine of “Two and a Half Men” will return in rebooted form, possibly during the current TV season.

No more Charlie Harper

Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones will return in their normal roles as Alan and Jake. All that is clear about Ashton Kutcher’s role in “Two and a Half Men” at this time is that he will not be replacing Charlie Sheen as the character Charlie Harper, but he will be living with Cryer and Jones’ characters in the famous Malibu beach house.

Kutcher entered the arena late in the game

Numerous actors and at least one actress have been rumored to replace Charlie Sheen on “Two and a Half Men,” including Rob Lowe (a friend of Sheen, whom he recommended), John Stamos, Matt Dillon, Jenny McCarthy and Hugh Grant. The Huffington Post reports that Grant nearly won the role as of May 11, but negotiations broke down at the last minute due to “creative differences.”

Once Ashton Kutcher sealed the deal with CBS and “Two and a Half Men” series creator Chuck Lorre, Kutcher fed his 6.7 million Twitter hounds with sly quips like “What’s the square root of 6.25? Two and a half.” Lorre and “Two and a Half Men” producers look forward using Kutcher’s massive Twitter fan base to help promote the show.

Sheen wants his job back

Charlie Sheen has yet to comment publicly on the Kutcher hire. In addition to completing his “Violent Torpedo of Truth” tour and possibly continuing his “Sheen’s Korner” video podcast, Sheen may be up for a role on “Entourage,” notes the Hollywood Reporter. He has also expressed interest in getting his “Two and a Half Men” job back, claiming that he is now willing to apologize for his rants against the show and Chuck Lorre.

Sources

Hollywood Reporter: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sources-confirm-ashton-kutcher-will-188048

Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/12/ashton-kutcher-joins-two-and-a-half-men_n_861389.html

TMZ: http://bit.ly/kFGmDp

‘What’s the square root of 6.25? Two and a half.’

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