Ashton Kutcher Confirms Two and a Half Men Gig, But Insists 'I Can't Replace Charlie Sheen'

CBS is officially confirming that Ashton Kutcher has finalized a deal to replace Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men — a suggestion that was first proposed on this site three months ago.

Sure he was one of a half-dozen names we floated, but we still deserve props, dammit!

The Kutcher news comes two days after Deadline.com reported that Hugh Grant rejected a lucrative offer to join CBS’ No. 1 sitcom.

“I can’t wait to get to work with this ridiculously talented 2.5 team and I believe we can fill the stage with laughter that will echo in viewers’ homes,” said Kutcher in a statement. “I can’t replace Charlie Sheen but I’m going to work my ass off to entertain the hell out of people!”

We are so lucky to have someone as talented, joyful and just plain remarkable as Ashton joining our family,” enthused Men creator Chuck Lorre. “Added to that is the deep sigh of relief knowing that our family stays together.  If I was any happier, it’d be illegal.”

This marks Kutcher’s first series gig since That ’70s Show went off the air in 2006. Details regarding his Men character have not been disclosed. Chances are CBS is holding that piece of news until upfront day on May 18.

What does Sheen have to say about all this? “Kutcher is a sweetheart and a brilliant comedic performer … Oh wait, so am I!”
 he cracked to TMZ, before adding, “Enjoy the show America. Enjoy seeing a 2.0 in the demo every Monday, [Warner Bros.].”

Thoughts? Has Men traded up… or down?

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267 Comments
  1. STARK says:

    Sorry but no thanks…

    the only reason the show worked (for his very large fanbase) was because of the relationship between all the characters, the only way the change could work was if they just chaged the actor, but not the character

    without the Charlie character, there´s no reason for the other ones to be the way they used to be (without his older brother, THE OWNER OF THE HOSE, Alan has no need to be the underdog, etc)

    so, if they change one character, they will change all of them

  2. Dani says:

    This is hilarious. I might actually watch the show now.

  3. Bob says:

    My first thought was “yuck.” But I’ll at least watch a few episodes before I come to any conclusions. I don’t think Ashton is half the actor Sheen or Hugh Grant is, and I never would have cast him at all but it just might work.

  4. shanna says:

    I think ashton will do well on this show….I wasn’t a big fan before of men but i’m going to check it out now I think. I’m curios as to how they will fit him in the show.

  5. Penner says:

    This is AWESOME news!

    First i thought “wtf, Hugh Grant??” then they flip it around and get freaking MICHAEL KELSO, now that’s WINNING.

    • Templar says:

      I know. Brilliant! I can see him as a womanizer and yet be immature enough to interact with Jake to Alan’s dismay. Perfect.

  6. Mandy says:

    I might actually watch this show now!

  7. john schonewille says:

    Trading down
    I like both as actors but no one can replace charlie in this role,
    His art imitates his life! he’s a natural in this role

  8. godzilla_foil says:

    GOD! Oh, god! Please, nobody let me hear it when it crashes, please? It’s gonna be so friggin ugly, I don’t want to remember that sound.

  9. Jay says:

    Clearly uncle Charlie is in rehab overseas and cousin Kelso is binning a place to stay after burning down his own.

  10. Harry says:

    Bad choice, one less show to watch on CBS.

  11. shane says:

    I personally think its a big bonus ashton joining 2 and a half men,hes movies are good, and that 70s show was awesome.And all the talk of ashton unable carrying the show is ignorant, charlie sheen didnt carry the show,he was simply a part of the show,just like ashton will be.
    The writers are what makes two and a half men funny,and with the talent of writers they have im sure ashton will do a awesome job.
    I wasnt the biggest fan of the show but i did like it and i thought it was getting a bit dull,so, thumbs up for the introduction of ashton joining two and a half men, i can not wait.

  12. maggie says:

    Ashton Kutcher can’t act. They really made a mistake by not casting Hugh Grant.

  13. Cat says:

    Gross. Sinking ship, yes?

  14. Melody says:

    I don’t watch the show, but I will say I’m more inclined to check it out with Kutcher on board. He was always hilarious as Kelso, and if he brings his charm to this new character it could be good. It’ll be hard to tell until it actually happens on screen.

  15. Heiko says:

    Definitively a trade down.

    Sure, it´s difficult to replace Charlie Sheen but Kutcher? His sitcom qualitfication various between 70 shows and jakeass!

    I don´t know, did they ask Emilio Estevez as well? If he might be the best if you will go on with the same charme.

    But the coice for Kutcher shows me that there going to start it up totally different. I won´t watch it.

  16. Medet says:

    Great! He is definitely better than Sheen! And this is really something fresh and new!

  17. Jake says:

    Really? Ashton? REALLY????

    I hope Mister Lorre has some tricks up his sleeve to make this work … cause I don’t see how this could and would work.

    REALLY? ASHTON *bleeping* KUTCHER? To replace Charlie?

    I predict an Epic Fail this autumn!

  18. Liz says:

    Charlie stays in England with Rose.(thus leaving a chance for him to return if this mess ever gets fixed.) He sells his house to Ashton’s character ( an enterprising young business man who created a facebook like website and sold it for billions) with the provision that Alan and Jake get to stay. As a cherry on the sunday, Evelyn sells the house for Charlie and doesn’t tell Alan, thus earning a huge commission and the hatred of her youngest son forever.

  19. Mary says:

    Well, I now know what I won’t be watching …sure miss Charlie no matter how wacked out he may be….

  20. Caperbaby says:

    I think this is one of the biggest mistakes that CBS has ever made, I’m sure that the show will be cancelled with in one season of Ashton being on it. This is going to kill the show. CBS should be doing what they can to get Charlie back on the show, if they want to keep it as the number 1 sitcom they are going to have to. Ashton does not have enough talent to pull off acting on this show.

  21. Sophia says:

    I think Ashton Kutcher will turn out to be Charlies son that he knew nothing about.(hes slept with 1000+ women and no accidental pregnancies?) It could happen…

  22. Melokesm says:

    Charlie was always the worst part of the show. As long as the supporting cast stays and writers, etc the show will still be funny. I think it will be a nice change.

  23. SAM says:

    I think that it’s a strategic move by Lorre et al because, if done well, it could refresh the show and take it in a new direction. I had liked the idea of Hugh Grant on the show as well.

  24. HRU says:

    GREAT! I might watch this show.. Great Move

  25. Rob says:

    They should of just canclled the show, i most likely will not watch it anymore.

    I watch Two and a half men every weekend when i go see my dad, i even watch the ones i’ve seen a dozen times and the repeats just because it makes me laugh beyond belife.

    But now, well it’s dead.

    Shame… wish Charlie Sheen would get his act together and come back.

  26. ann says:

    I like charlie because he is a bad boy. Ashton is preppy. It doesn’t feel the same. But maybe I can overlook that lets see.

  27. stephanie says:

    He should play Charlies long lost son

  28. Diana says:

    I won’t be watching anymore.
    No Charlie , No show!
    They should had brought Charlie back or just cancel the show.

  29. shar says:

    I won’t be watching. I like Ashton Kutcher, but replace Charlie Sheen, Ha!! it will never happen. Just take the show off the air. No Charlie, no show.

  30. Frimi says:

    YEAH! I like the show and everything, but I can´t stand Charlie Sheen
    With Ashton the show will be so much better, I love him, he’s so hot :D

  31. RAGGEDT says:

    Funny thing is, I remember years ago when people screamed about Charlie Sheen replacing Michael J. Fox on Spin City! Surprise, the show went an extra two seasons with the new guy. You never know how these things play out. Give Kutcher a chance.

    • Lois says:

      When did people “scream” about Charlie replacing Michael J Fox? Everyone knew that Fox was leaving for health reasons and wanted the show to go on without him.

      • maggie says:

        Nobody screamed when Sheen replaced Fox. Michael J. Fox wanted the show to continue and suggested Charlie Sheen to replace him. They brought Sheen in when Fox was still on so they could have a smooth transition. Fox remained as a producer on the show.

  32. Lois says:

    Michael Ausiello, I wouldn’t brag about this. Ashton Kutcher is a horrible actor. Do you really want any credit for this when the show tanks with him as the lead?

  33. allen says:

    I think Ashton is not a bad choice. I kind of figured the show was kapoot. And this is more interesting than kapoot. There are far worse shows on TV.

  34. timelord says:

    why would an A lister like kutcher who has been starring in movies want to do tv? that too 2.5 men. i guess its all about the money.

  35. cmj says:

    Ashton sucks. Bad move CBS.

  36. Kate says:

    Bad idea! Ashton can’t act and the show is now doomed to certain failure! Good-bye Men!

  37. Don says:

    So…Ashton will be playing Jake’s younger brother…?

  38. Harris says:

    As a comedy artist Charlie Sheen is unmatched,I don’t think there is any other actor who can bring in so much humour into a sitcom like 2.5 Men, as Charlie has done for 8 years. Ashton is one awesome dude and he has a great knack for comedy, but these two actors are way different in their approaches towards comedy. While Charlie uses his gifted million dollar facial expressions, Ashton mainly entertains using his funny body languages and his stereotypical tone.

    I think the ninth season will be a hit, no matter what, merely coz of the hype already on. The way I see it, Chuck Lorre is definitely gonna kill ‘Charlie Harper’ and while Alan is hoping to inherit Charlie’s house and wealth, comes the illegitimate son of Charlie’s from an 80’s drunken night. He’ll live at the Malibu beach House ‘Charlie Style’ . If this is how Lorre plans it, there is immense scope for comedy.

  39. TV Gord says:

    Crazy internet people. :-D

  40. ann says:

    I still think Hugh Grant would have been better.

  41. Bob says:

    Well, guess it came down to a last-minute “who’s available and willing to work with Chuck Lorre”. The “creative differences” with Hugh Grant probably all revolved around Mr. Lorre. Still not sure if it would have worked with him, either (Brits on American TV don’t fare too well – look at Hugh Laurie and his impersonation of an American).

  42. Pamela says:

    I like Ashton. I never watched before, but may now.

  43. jessie says:

    Charlie Vs Ashton hmm..

  44. Caro says:

    It’s not really my cup of tea, so to speak, but I definitely think that the show has a better character with Ashton Kutcher as they did with Charlie Sheen, given his recent erratic behaviour. I think it will boost the show and draw even more viewers. I wish them all the best.

  45. Lori says:

    I have never watched the show, even though I love Jon Cryer, because Charlie Sheen has always given me the creeps. Big time. I liked Ashton Kutcher on “That 70s Show”, so maybe I’ll give it a chance now. I’m just soooooo glad they didn’t reward that egomaniac for his pathetic behavior.

  46. rod says:

    How will this effect characters like Rose & Evelyn?

  47. O says:

    I can’t imagine 2.5 men without Charlie Sheen! I like Kutcher as much as the next guy and I probably will check out the new episode(s)but Charlie (Harper) was the craziest and funniest character on the show next to Bertha. Alan is annoying as hell, Jake doesn’t really have much to do.
    We’ll see!

  48. Jacki says:

    Ashton Kutcher… I actually plan on watching this show now. Ashton is actually funny, in a non train-wreck kind of way. I know that’ll be difficult for Sheen fans to grasp, laughing at the comedy in the show instead of the tragedy that is Charlie Sheen.

  49. wayne calhoun says:

    with out Charlie it wont be the same funny show,no on can replace him. i watch him every night ,but now i wont ,hang in there Charlie it was a good run ,they should have paid you more.it was the only show worth watching on the whole flipping network

  50. Cheeky says:

    Watching Ashton Kutcher fill the role of Charlie will be like watching soft porn. Seriously people, you’d rather have cute as apple pie, every mother loves him Ashton Kutcher over bad-ass Charlie?!!

    I’ll take bad ass Charlie!!

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