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"Two and a Half Men"

'Charlie' is Dead

and NEVER Coming Back

8/6/2011 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The season premiere of "Two and a Half Men" will leave NO DOUBT -- Charlie Sheen's character is dead and gone ... for good.

TMZ has spoken with sources on set for last night's taping of the premiere. Now, we don't want to be douche bags and give it all away -- so we'll just say that in one brilliantly written scene, the producers make sure there's absolutely no way for 'Charlie Harper' to return to the show in the future. 

Although ... he definitely leaves his mark on the episode.

As for Ashton Kutcher's debut -- we're told he and Jon Cryer had good chemistry ... and he went out of his way to interact with the audience.  At one point Ashton even snuck into the crowd and surprised a woman with a back rub.

At least one audience member said Ashton seemed dry and didn't quite own the character. Can't please 'em all.

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Oh, and our spies didn't spot Demi Moore or Chuck Lorre -- but it's a good bet Chuck was there to finally say sayonara to Charlie Sheen Charlie Harper.

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46.

Diane    

I do give Ashton Kutcher alot of credit for Punked--a show he apparently gave birth to and parented the entire of life of it--I miss it and wish he would bring it back....BUT..I think he is making a huge mistake by replacing an actor who should never have been fired or replaced by ANYONE!! And hopefully Chuck Lorre will learn how wrong he was by all of us who will BOYCOTT his new stupid replacement substitute show.

1121 days ago
47.

Northstar121    

$ It's about ego and money. Lorre is another sober a** hole. It's his nature. Kutcher's only talent was his youthful looks. This series is DOA at the end of the season.

1121 days ago
48.

ciimonstr    

How long until the shows new monkey goes apeship rabid and bites the little boy?.. cryer becareful withat thing.

1121 days ago
49.

rose    

This is so morbide. Chuck Lorre a genius, more like sick.
I will never watch this show.

1121 days ago
50.

Vickie    

Absolutely no way for Charlie to return?
Does anybody remember Bobby Ewing on Dallas ?
It was all just a dream.

1121 days ago
51.

makeitstop    

just give Jon Cryer his own show already

1121 days ago
52.

kali    

Lorre is nothing but a big spoiled baby. Time to grow up cuz this is all making you look like the fool as well.

1121 days ago
53.

Mike Booth    

Dont underestimate the power of retroactive continuity.... He could be written back into the show in a heartbeat.... It might be the only choice left.... Lick your wounds and move along to a spin off.... Charlies funeral is Two and a half Mens funeral....

1121 days ago
54.

MLM    

I find the way that Chuck is writing Charlie out is in very bad taste and childish. Certainly don't know what the issues are between Chuck and Charlie but as much as I love watching Charlie Sheen on this show and will miss him and can wait for his new show; they both acted like kids in the pubic's eye and I would have like to have seen more maturity on how this was handled including how to handle writing Charlie out of the show. Regardless, I am looking forward to seeing Charlie again on TV; Enjoy Jake & Alan's characters not a fan of Kutcher.......

1121 days ago
55.

Doeb    

In the show's prime I was once able to sit thru about three lines. I'm amazed people can make 1 or 2 million an episode for a show this bad. There are people in this country, apparently a lot of them. That sit thru not only this show, but shows like "Mike And Molly." 20 staff writers per show, wow, 20 writing minds that get paid to come up empty.

1121 days ago
56.

Cliff    

Yea..not happening.. this show is DONE

1121 days ago
57.

Lisa W    

No Charlie... No show!
Classy way to go Lorre (lori)
Your show is going to get killed off!

1121 days ago
58.

Lisa W    

Don't get me wrong Kutcher is smokin hot! He's no Charlie Sheen! Amen!

1121 days ago
59.

erkg    

The show has a great ensemble cast but have had story lines and scenes without Charlie's character - will watch it because I like the other characters - hope it does well.

1121 days ago
60.

Ray    

I was at the taping last night and it was the funniest, side splitting time I had. Ashtons character will fit in nicely.Fans of the show will not be disappointed. Oh, Chuck Lorre was there and Ashton did jump into the croed to give a girl a back rub right in front of us. Fans will have to wait for Sept. 19 to see for themselves.

1121 days ago
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