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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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91.

Rice Paper    

Quick! Someone pass the bleach - I need to burn my eyes out. As for that toddler being eye candy and attracting female viewers . . . euwww......I have boobs and I will NEVER watch the show again with him in it. Hugh or Rob might have stood a chance.Get straight Charlie, we need you!!!!!!

1236 days ago
92.

Teresa Thompson    

I used to watch the show all the time and was pretty bummed when Charlie left. Ashton Kutcher is no fit for this show, and I can't imagine how they are going to explain Charlie's absence on it. What a shame. Seems like every time I find a program I like, they either cancel it or something else happens lol won't be watching this one anymore either.There is no replacing Charlie Sheen.

1236 days ago
93.

Randdon    

Ashton is too young, the dynamic will never work, he is a shtick actor, I won't watch ... The show is officially dead to me! I don't even watch re-runs anymore ... not an anti Charlie thing, just seen them all now ... every good thing must come to an end.

Chucky ... this is just a desperate attempt and the choice is SO WAY WRONG!!! Charlie is now Middle aged ... Not baby faced.

1236 days ago
94.

jayrock    

SCAB!!!!!!!!!!!

1236 days ago
95.

Cudge    

Cue the shark...

1236 days ago
96.

wow    

It will be a success. Everything happens for a reason. Charlie was getting stale. Glad he's gone. Ashton's hot and the new character will be fresh and inviting. Change is inevitable, that's the way life rolls.

1236 days ago
97.

Nelson    

So if the show is called "two and a half men" bringing Ashton Kutcher makes complete sense. with the new cast the equation is pretty symple:
Jon Cryer (1) + Angus T. Jones (1) + Ashton (1/2) =
"Two and a half men".

1236 days ago
98.

Fonzie    

I wonder if he'll wear the leather jacket when doing the water ski stunt.

1236 days ago
99.

guest5    

Just hire Charlie back-most people hate their boss so what's the big deal. The producers can suck it up like Charlie had to suck it up dealing with them. Ashton may have a lot of twitter followers but he's a horrible actor and even more creepy then Charlie.
Maybe Ashton could play the Jon Cryer role but he's not leading character material.

1236 days ago
100.

me    

oh god, this proves that hollywood takes us for complete fools. This is jumping the freaking sharktopus; do they really think anyone will watch this drivel? Just hang it up, the show was Charlie Sheen, nothing more. to think they can capitalize on the concept without the star is totally delusional.

1236 days ago
101.

Britt    

So, is Charlie's character going to die on the show and Ashton will play his long lost son or something?

1236 days ago
102.

Tim    

Let's face it, the producer wasn't going to let the show die without at least trying to keep it going. Too much money involved.
They should have Charlie move to London with what's her name.
This new guy can be the brother of one of Charlie's ex-girlfriends.

1236 days ago
103.

Trent Swedheart    

The show isnt funny without charlie sheen. Put charlie back on or dont make the show at all.

1236 days ago
104.

joe    

Man could they have picked a bigger tool?Show is dead and its going to be a train wreck!

1236 days ago
105.

siihb    

Show sucks. Ashton Kutcher sucks. That network sucks.

1236 days ago
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