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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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BigmoneyBleezy    

Dont like Ashton...didn't watch the show before...definitely wont now.

Ratings will tank after a few episodes guaranteed.

1226 days ago
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DirtySouth    

Hope it works. Would've been interesting to see Hugh Grant replace Charlie, though. It would've given more consistency because he would've been a comparable lothario to Charlie's character. Also, there would've been more opportunities to explore the humor from the way Americans treat/should treat women from Alan's perspective versus the way the British treat women from Hugh's character's perspective.

1226 days ago
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Ethan James    

i'd pefer Emilio over Charlie, Emilio could've done a good job... But not as good as his younger brother though... Charlies the man!

1226 days ago
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TLC    

That's good. A new character. Ready to watch. Charlie seem so wasted and he doesn't look good at all these days.

1226 days ago
20.

Home Skillet    

Emilio is hands-down the better brother. Always has been, always will be.

1226 days ago
21.

Jennyy    

The show will bomb- None of the main characters in the show could be replaced and have the show survive.

1226 days ago
22.

Jack DaCarup    

I disagree with Lady Beagles.

The Big Bang is a great show. Yes, Sheldon was overplayed for a bit, but the addition of two new characters this year has renewed the whole show.

Mike & Molly is ok.

1226 days ago
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marysue42    

Chuck Lorre got what he wanted a BIG BROWN NOSER WHO WILL KISS ANYTHING HE ASKS HIM TO.

1226 days ago
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My Opinion    

Would make more sense to work with remaining characters which are better actors & not replace Charlie's role at all. He could be written off as got drunk & drowned or took off....His will could have left the place to the housekeeper & she could pull all sorts of funny things on the brother who expected Charlie to leave it to him. The brother's X could move in with them leaving Judith. Would be better to show the show can survive without Charlie rather than fail replacing him which will no doubt be fact with this choice. Even Demi screwed up replacing him with Bruce Willis who is a real man.

Goodbye men.....one less viewer here....Another poor decision for the brass at CBS.

1226 days ago
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Majestik    

Great, so we'll get a rehash of his character from "Cheaper by the Dozen" only this time we'll be forced to see it week after week.

1226 days ago
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marysue42    

I just realized today is Friday the 13th now it makes sense. LOL

1226 days ago
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cregis    

Ashton is really cute, maybe more women will watch. Charlie was looking really rough there at the end and Jon Cryer has never been much to look at.

1226 days ago
28.

Joseph    

Good luck getting viewers chuck. Ashton Douchebag will make this the quickest sinking new cast member in a new show to ever happen. I smell another wonder women.

1226 days ago
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MoonDust    

well, i never thought 2 1/2 men was funny at all, but now I might actually check it out. Good luck ashton k.

1226 days ago
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jacksonfive210    

lorre and cbs NOT WINNING!!!! This is great for charlie Ashton cant act and dresses like a 5 year old with those trucker hats and sweat bands. The show will start out with great ratings then fade out by the end of the season.

1226 days ago
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