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Jon Cryer -- "Jazzed" About Future of "Men"

5/14/2011 4:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jon Cryer still has a job -- thanks in no small part to Ashton Kutcher -- and from the sound of things ... he's quite happy about it.

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The "Two and a Half Men" star made his first comments yesterday about Ashton coming on board, joking, "Ashton is an extraordinarily talented guy, and his presence will be an asset to our show. We are old friends from our male modeling days, and we're both looking forward to being judged for our comedic artistry, as opposed to our exceptional physical beauty."

Cryer said he is "jazzed" the show is coming back -- and, despite all the recent upheaval, thanked Charlie Sheen, saying, "I'm extremely proud of the work we've done together, and I will miss him. But I'm also looking forward to this new beginning."

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31.

beau     

Long as Cryer can live in his hollywood hills mansion or where ever he don't care who they get to replace Doppy Sheen.Spears looks very old so does Lohan ..drugs, booze, oily skin what a reck of young women

1204 days ago
32.

Skeep    

Let's just let the show die for god's sake. It's over, everyone pack up .. and move on. Charlie was decent, it was a good show, now there has been too much water under the bridge and people are just plain tired of this circus. I know I am. RIP 2AAHM

1204 days ago
33.

Kath    

I hope they expand Conchata Ferrel's role. Her comedic timing is perfect and she's just fun to watch. She and Jon Cryer have a great give and take. I'm dying to see what slams they put on Charlie when he takes his exit on the show.

1204 days ago
34.

nancy williams    

Can Charlie Sheen go away now.PLEASE!!!!

1204 days ago
35.

mannequin    

Cryer is such an anomaly in the industry. What a tres cool guy. I've only seen the show a few times but because of him, I think I'll try to catch a few more episodes.

1204 days ago
36.

Shelly    

Enjoy it Ducky while you can. This is doomed without Sheen and HIS fans! It will tank after the first show, people will tune in just to see the train wreck season opener but then it will get very dismal then cancellation. Not a great future Mr. Lorre. Get you head out of your anal cavity and grow up and give Americia what it wants...SHEEN!!! DUH!

1204 days ago
37.

jerry    

ak is a loser married to his mother. he has absolutely no talent other than playing himself on 70's show. this show will sink faster than the titanic. they are stupid. they should have made up with charlie but chucks ego is as big as sheens and he doesn't need the money so he blew charlie off. this show is toast.

1204 days ago
38.

shari    

shows over. i wan to see how they explain Charlie's absence that's all.

1204 days ago
39.

J    

The show will TANK without Charlie!!! Ashton may be a good comedic actor and nice guy but that is not enough to backfill for Charlie. Charlie's personality is what makes 2.5 such a great comedy. I will not be able to twist my mind into accepting Ashton as "Charlie." HE ISN'T HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1204 days ago
40.

who dat    

Who cares what the ratings are. At least the crew gets their jobs back for a while. I have never watched the show. Happy for those who are employed once again.

1204 days ago
41.

neorules2112     

Officially Jumping the shark .. Bye Bye

1204 days ago
42.

Kathy    

Good for Jon! At least he will get one more year's salary out of this situation. Don't think it will last more than that with Ashton. Sort of sly of Jon to slide around the fact that Ashton was hired because of his looks--which won't carry the show.

1204 days ago
43.

mysteria333    

charlie sheen is two and a half men ,, he is so funny,, he cheers me up when i'm depressed and makes me laugh out loud.. if kutcher replaces him i will not watch !! and my family and friends feel the same way !!! WHAT COULD THE EXEC'S OF THAT SHOW BE THINKING ?? THEY OBVIOUSLY DONT CARE ABOUT WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT !! PUT CHARLIE BACK ON THAT SHOW !!!

1204 days ago
44.

trinity911    

Classy response, but Jon has been classy throughout Charlie's entire "winning" episode.

1204 days ago
45.

Puckett    

"A new beginning"?

More like the beginning of the end. I loved the show but lets be honest. If jumped the shark when Lorre's writers got so f*cking lazy that they had Jon Cryer start walking around with a f*cking ventriloquy puppet on his hand all of the time for cheap laughs.

gthe show was always in it's swan song. Charlie wasn't expected to renew his contract past season 9, the show was tired and stale, and the only reason it'll be on thoughout the remainder of the 9th season is Warner and Lorre already sold the syndication rights including season 9 through 2021.

Those greedy bastards would rather do ANYTHING then have to give money back that in their mind, is already in the bank, that is if litterally isn't already in their bank accounts.

So they will produce whatever drivel they have to to get season 9 in the can and fulfill their contractual obligations.

Beyond that the show is dead, dead, dead. And rightfully so. That's not the cast's fault either. It's the fault of Lorre and his writers who have gotten lazy, sloppy, are out of ideas, and just don't give a f&ck about the quality of the show anymore.

Lorre is so ready to shut this show down and move on, if not for contractual obligations that run until the end of season 9 it would already be cancelled.

Cryer and the rest of the cast better be making plans now for when the show wraps production. Because it's already over. The magic is gone and they're all just going through the motions at this point.

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