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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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76.

TLC    

He will be a goof ball character. Nobody can replicate Charlie's womanizer character, IMO. They said men like his lifestyle and that's why it's so popular, especially with prison population!

1208 days ago
77.

the babe    

Who? Can't imagine that by changing the status of Men would work. Nope, it's a loser.
Sorry about Charlie, but he's not exactly crying since they must pay him anyway...a lot of money for doing nothing is pretty good.
the show should be cancelled...

1208 days ago
78.

cara    

THE SHOW IS OVER!!! ITS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME... CHARLIES PROBIBLY LAUGHING HIS BUT OFF!!!!

1208 days ago
79.

MollyWood    

The only “role” Ashton can pull off is the one that hangs in his bathroom.

1208 days ago
80.

Wiley    

I'm going with that script thing because all of a sudden the Big Bang Theory isn't funny, and that's just not acceptable. Maybe he could gut the cast and bring in the Back Street Boys to replace them?

1208 days ago
81.

LongJohn69    

A HORRIBLE move. You can't play two morons against each other. John plays one....Ashton is one. It will NEVER work. Angus better get out now before he gets washed away in the tsunami of departing viewership. Best of luck to the everyone involved looking for new work in the near future. "MEN" has been castrated!

1208 days ago
82.

Different Rules Apply    

BYE BYE MEN - STUPID move. Ashton Kutcher is a Jackass the show will fail within a year. Woody would have been a much smarter move. Too bad - we'll miss the show - we watched it all the time.

1208 days ago
83.

toad    

Team Ashton!

1208 days ago
84.

Sloane    

WAITING FOR SHEEN TO START TWEETING ABOUT THIS

IN A TWITTER WAR ASHTON WILL WIN!

1208 days ago
85.

MollyWood    

JUST IN: The character "Rose" (Charlie's obsessed admirer) is being replaced by Demi Moore. Demi wants a change in the "Rose" character though. Demi, playing Rose, refuses to jump over the balcony fence to leave Ashton/Charlies home. Demi is afraid of a hip injury if she tries such a maneuver.

1208 days ago
86.

UNLEVINED HARVEY    

half hour network sit coms are all garbage. goocher should go away

1208 days ago
87.

mannequin    

At the least amount at $625,000 an episode, I guess Ashton's not making out too bad.

How 'bout you Charlie; how you doin'?

1208 days ago
88.

Bob G    

Its Going to SUCK !

1208 days ago
89.

rose    

Hugh Grant I liked maybe would have watched season 9. Kutcher, is a dud., but he is cheap. More money for Lorre.

1208 days ago
90.

jennifer    

They traded one bad actor for another bad actor. Kudos.

1208 days ago
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