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Ashton to Make

Way Less than Charlie

5/13/2011 6:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ashton Kutcher has officially signed on to "Two and a Half Men" ... and TMZ has learned he'll be making more than half of Charlie Sheen's base salary ... but less than $900,000 an episode.

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Sources tell TMZ, Charlie's base pay on the show was $1.25 million an episode.  We've learned Ashton will get more than half -- more than $625,000 -- but less than $900,000.

There are reports Charlie received upwards of $2 million an episode, but that includes his profit participation.

And TMZ has learned, CBS honcho Les Moonves has already signed off and he will announce the show is coming back for Season 9.

And sources say the remaining cast -- including Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones -- will be coming back.

We're told Ashton spent time with creator and Executive Producer Chuck Lorre and the two got along great -- something that was essential for Lorre, who was at war with Charlie.

Ashton will NOT be playing the Charlie Harper character.   He'll be playing someone new, who comes into the "Men" Malibu house.

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kp    

Charlie, is this called winning- no job no kids
Good luck Ashton

1174 days ago
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WetChiliFart    

After "That 70s Show" he turned into a huge douchenozzle and he thought he was high and mighty. He thinks he is much funnier than he really is. Maybe the writers will make him seem funny this time.

1174 days ago
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Sloane    

never been a fan of the show- wish him well-will be good to see that crew getting their paychecks again, so happy for all involved

just would not have picked Kutcher myself- but what do I know

1174 days ago
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Mike    

The show is official ruined!

1174 days ago
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Bubbajk    

Ashton was at his best on That 70's Show as a secondary character - which will give Men three second bananas - bye-bye Men

1174 days ago
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kimd    

Good.Maybe now the spectre of Charlie Sheen will fade into this good bight.

1174 days ago
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Mike    

Maybe this show will actually be funny now.

1174 days ago
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Sammie    

Ashton has always had an annoying quality, so, seriously, I think he'll be great on the show. He's got the charm, the wit,....yep, I think he'll be good if they make his entrance believable.

Sorry Charlie.................bye bye

1174 days ago
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.:Loki4Ever:.    

PLEASE say we've been punk'd

1174 days ago
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Mark Proctor    

Congratulations!

1174 days ago
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artie help    

this tool is the luckiest douchebag inthe world. completely steps in **** everytime he turns around. BUT he does have to deal with that seahag demi the the faca brute spawn of another amazing toll willis.

1174 days ago
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LadyBeagles    

The problem hasn't gone away. Chuck Lorre's problem is getting scripts to the shows on time he has 3 shows to write for. Guess we will see if Chuck has the talent to write for all three. Remember the initial problem was the scripts weren't ready. And if you all remember the tail end of Two and a half Men the funny just wasn't there. Mike and Molly seems to be rehashing old formulas and Big Bang Theory is now not funny. Big Bang Theory is trying to go into too many directions All three not funny. Chuck better deliver or you will not just have Charlie breathing down your neck.

1174 days ago
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Magic Man    

Two and a Half Men is officially ruined. Ashton Kutcher is pretty funny in certain roles. Ashton does not fit this role in the least bit. Ashton is going to taint his reputation as an actor and definitely was not a very good educated decision. I have watched "Men" for 8 seasons and the 8th season will be my last. Charlie may be a douche bag but no one could ever replace the "Men" cast. It is always better to go out on top than to drop off the face of earth with horrible ratings. The only good ratings "Men" will get is the folks just initally checking out the new cast and then all will fail! I really hope the new show fails to the point of no return. Good ridins!

1174 days ago
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Home Skillet    

Too bad it didn't work out with Hugh Grant - seems like he'd have been great. Ashton's okay. Could be worse.

1174 days ago
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John    

Ashton Kutcher is a Douchebag Hack, not tallent Bum, go back to Punk'ed. They should of just Cancelled Men it would have been a better ending then bringing this creepy freak on set.

1174 days ago
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