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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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61.

Sammie    

Ashton not my fav but, regardless, we'll watch the show anyway since they didn't bring that a-hole Sheen back. Never ever would have watched again with him in it. Even if they only get another couple seasons, so what? And it may be a whole lot better. Seriously, wasn't it getting tired the same Sheen crap over and over and over and over and over....

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62.

Martin    

Too bad they didn't resign Charley. You'll have to tell me if AQ is any good. I won't be watching. As for the other Lorrie shows, they are lame and I don't watch them anyway.

1260 days ago
63.

weird al yankovich    

Chuck Lorres ego at work overtime.

Funny thing is it's gonna backfire on him SO BAD . Im a fan of ashton don't get me wrong but just the reasons Chuck is doing this is gonna come back around to haunt him.

People with small penises + ego tripping = chuck lorre = I have to show charlie who's boss = chuck will lose in the end GUARANTEED ...

1260 days ago
64.

kimborock    

Bad idea!! Ashton/Demi Kutchermoore is not at all funny! This show will never be the same without Charlie Sheen! They just need to go ahead and cancel it while they are ahead!

1260 days ago
65.

Joe    

Ashton is pulling the ultimate "PUNK". It's really the only thing he's good at, other than pretending to be a mover and shaker in Silicon Valley

1260 days ago
66.

pap rat    

ONLY one way 2save that butchy hire adam sandler to rewrite it useing his team of writters and than cast some unknowns as bums that take over the beach bum house after sheen is put away for being sheen the CO boy and thin hair are fired via red rump now president thrump as he fires all monday nite CBS shows writters actors cast and crews than goes nazis and trys to hit harvey TMZ on his jetski with a smart missle

1260 days ago
67.

MsCommonSense    

Ashton is well educated and far more sophisticated than people give him credit for. He went to college for engineering. He is very smart and the BEST out of all the choices!! He is ...loveable and more of a guy's guy..... and very talented!... So, before you judge, give him every cent because he will be worth it!! See his replacement tape(on youtube) for Regis and decide for yourself! He was better than all the other hosts, yet!!...He is the BEST choice!

1260 days ago
68.

MollyWood    

They'll have to change the name to "TWO MEN" if they KEEP Ashton and this is not a PUNK setup.

1260 days ago
69.

John    

The hardest part of filming the show will be getting that D-lister, Ashton kucher Lips off of Chuck Lorre's but.I thought the show may have had a chance with decent replacement and who do they sign Ashton Kucher, are you kidding me what a JOKE

1260 days ago
70.

dreamon    

Suddenly, Sheen is looking like a senior citizen.

1260 days ago
71.

Idiot    

Idiot

1260 days ago
72.

Trish    

RIP Two and a Half Men. Cast memebers start looking for a new job. Ashton is about to ruin your show. I can't stand him!

1260 days ago
73.

EastCoastChopper    

EPIC FAIL! It really does not matter - You can never replace a lead in a series like this and pull it off. Rob Lowe had the charisma but Koochie is just another douche baig with a pulse! You could have selected the Situation and saved $975k per episode.

1260 days ago
74.

pam    

Put a fork in it.

1260 days ago
75.

Lisa    

I don't think Ashton works in this role at all!! He's not old enough or sarcastic enough in his humor. He does goofy better. I didn't see Hugh Grant in the role either. You needed some one who does the angry, sarcastic guy better. How about Danny Bonaduce? I mean Charlie's mother is a red-head. Just sayin.

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