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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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Charlie is Ashton for me it's the end of this sitcom...

1220 days ago

Dennis Teel    

What i fear is that mr kutcher's notion of 'hollywood fair play' will be introduced into the of the show watched and liked it for what it was.but when the fair play mindset sets in ,i guarantee ratings will,when black character(s) and a gay relationship and interracial couple become the weekly addition to the show,i and many other fans will no doubt discontinue watching.i like many other fans love the show for what is (or what it was).to add such characters and situations will affect ratings bigtime and not for the good.but i truly believe mr.kutcher's presence will eventually if not sooner,'insist' on such changes./

1220 days ago


OMG poor Ashton... It seems so little... I don't make as much in a lifetime :)

1176 days ago


I wonder how they will write Charlie Sheen off of the show and bring Kuthcer in if he will not be playing Charlie Harper. I was hoping he would play Charlie Harper as I think he could pull it off.

1140 days ago
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