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 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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  1. me says:

    Down. Kutcher’s an unfunny idiot

  2. Nizzemancer says:

    I’m guessing they’ll be changing the show’s name to “2 boys one man” now? Seriously, Ashton Kutcher…wtf were they smoking?

  3. Charles says:

    Could be Berta’s son. I know it doesnt look it, but the actress for Berta is 68 years old.

  4. CurryFan says:

    Nobody is irreplaceable, SPECIALLY in Television. Sometimes successfully and sometimes unsuccessfully. *******

    Take Criminal Minds’ replacement of Mandy Patinkin. Patinkin is a great actor, but it is often reported that he’s not easy to work with (don’t know if it’s true, but that’s the rumor). When he left CM after two years people had a hard time imagining how he would be replaced, who would fill those big shoes? Would the show work without him? In comes Joe Montegna, good actor, but certainly one with less celebrity than Patinkin. Know what happened there? The show went on to 4 more seasons (we are on S6 right now) and it just got renewed for S7. So, this can be done *******

    Ashton is good at comedy, and he has a HUGE fanbase. People should get their facts straight about That 70s Show, BTW. It’s true that it started with more focus on Topher’s character and then moved to an ensemble, BUT, you all seem to be forgetting that Topher was practically a recurring character during the second to last season and completely gone during the last season of 70s. And do you all know why that was? Well, let me remind you. The MOST popular character on 70s was Michael Kelso; so popular, in fact, that he kept getting more and more screen time, and Topher left because he wasn’t happy about it. That’s the way it went down. *******

    I think AK will be good for the show, and that he will bring a lot of viewers that might not otherwise have tuned in. *******

    People also need to remember that quality is always a SUBJECTIVE term. It means different things to different people. Yes, the humor in Men is often sexist, infantile and crass; yet, it’s the number 1 comedy in the ratings. There’s a place for that kind of mindless entertainment. Sometimes people just want to switch off and follow something simple (and this is coming from a Lost fan, so, don’t talk to me about complicated, convoluted, overaching mythology shows). Nothing wrong with that. *******

    Apparently, a lot of people want to forget about the real world and give their brains a rest for a half hour every week, since it’s the highest rated comedy out there. Whether you think it’s crap or not, no network is going to cancel their NUMBER ONE show because an actor behaved like the womanizing, addicted, insane, perverted, sick a-hole that he is. They are going to try to save it as hard as they can. And I, for one, applaud CBS for not giving Charlie any more chances to get his S#@T together. Enough is enough. The rest of the professional actors on this show (and those off this show) that are at work on time, know their lines and do their jobs should not have to be aggravated by Mr. Sheen’s antics every day they come to work*******

    That CBS will try its hardest to keep the show alive bodes well for Men. It’s not as if the network were contractually obligated to shoot more episodes. They WANT to do it and they’ll be extremely careful with their decisions. This is all a great opportunity for the show to re-tool and explore new directions. *******

    I have a bit of a different idea about the introduction of AK’s character, based on an older article on this site that said the network was offering Cryer a much more involved role when they decided to continue without Sheen. *******

    The best move they can make is to not try to introduce a new character that will behave exactly like Charlie. That would be too much like trying to replace one actor with another (a la Bewitched, but changing the name) and it will waste the opportunity to try new directions. *******

    I think they’ll definitely kill Charlie off, because they are DEAD serious about sending Sheen a message that he is NEVER coming back (thank GOD!!!). But I don’t think they’ll make AK Charlie’s son because 1) It’s too obvious 2) It doesn’t give Cryer the bigger role they offered 3) They will always compare AK to Sheen and that discussion will be polarizing, something they need to avoid. *******

    I think Alan will inherit everything, and just as he thinks he’s now poised to live Charlie’s life and do all the things he’s always secretly wanted to do with Charlie’s house and Charlie’s money, Evelyn will announce that she has found her long-lost son: Kutcher. He, as Alan was at the beginning, is broke and needs a place to live. Alan won’t want to share, but Evelyn will remind him that even the egomaniac Charlie allowed Alan to stay at the house. So, Alan has no choice*******

    We will then move on to Alan trying very hard to BE like Charlie, and failing miserably at it. He always thought that if he had Charlie’s money, he could be “all that”, but it takes more than money. *******

    Meanwhile the newly found brother will start attending college…. with Jake! He couldn’t do it before because he had no money, you see, but now that he has found his wealthy family, he can do what he wasn’t able to do before. He’ll be very attractive to the ladies, but he’ll be completely unaware of it, and it will drive Alan crazy. *******

    AK’s character has the IT factor with the ladies but no interest in being like Charlie, while Alan has all the money and none of the charm. Jake will continue to be Jake and try to get all the girls his new uncle doesn’t seem to realize flock around him like insects to the light. *******

    Just my humble opinion, off course!

    • maggie says:

      If Kutcher has a “HUGE fanbase” why do all his movies flop at the boxoffice?
      Kelso was “the MOST popular character” on “That 70s Show” according to who? He may have been your favorite character, but Kelso was never more than a supporting character.

      • CurryFan says:

        The news articles where it was stated that Kelso was the most popular character are old and I really don’t feel like searching for a bunch of links, but you are free to not take my word for it, and believe whatever you want.*****
        The movie Butterfly Effect was a boxoffice hit, you can lok that up yourself in Other movies he did like Dude, Where’s My Car? and What Happens in Vegas were also very successful in the box office. Even actors like Robert Deniro flop every now and then, so, he doesn’t need to make only successful films to be successful*****

        He’s involved with tons of projects and has his own production company, if he really stunk as bad as you say, he wouldn’t have any of that*****

        As for his fan following, you can check out all the nominations and awards he has won; particularly last year he won the PEOPLE’S CHOICE Award for Favorite Web Celeb. So, I guess there are a few people out there that, to paraphrase Sally Field’s award acceptance speech, really, really like him.

      • CurryFan says:

        Also, for the record, my favorite 70s character was Hyde, followed by Kitty, followed by Fez. This is why I remember so clearly that Kelso was the most popular, because when I read that, I wondered why it would be Kelso and not the one, who, in my opinion, was completely genius (Hyde). I also have a knack for remembering silly trivia like that. It’s a curse, really…. :-O

  5. Scott says:

    Long as he’s not playing Charlie I’d be interested.

  6. Vilda says:

    Well, I expect this show to get canceled after the next season. While people were supportive of Sheen’s firing, everyone with any ounce of logic knows he can’t be replaced. People aren’t going to watch. Some will watch the first episode but you’d be lucky to still have alot of viewers after that.

    I hope it was worth firing Sheen because this show has now officially jumped the shark.

  7. david says:

    chucky did a great job, but really it’s the only show he was that good in,all the others were lame, the guy starts making some real cash and starts to think he is the man,he was the man on his way to the dope man’s house,once it all wore off and he realized he was done in the biz ,he’s oh charlie will be a good boy,cut in pay sure and here have 1 of my kids porno sitters. ashton kutcher has handled the lights when it would be easy to slide and hey demi is hot what ever age, go bro

  8. Peggy Sue says:

    I think it’s great! Everyone needs to know they are replaceable, and Charlie Sheen is. Ashton is so appealing and adorable. Now, let’s never mention Charlie’s name again and let him fade off into the sunset, PLEASE!

  9. Rene says:

    Why? Ashton Kutcher?..They can just end the show when is still good.Ch.Sheen was the soul of the show, despite his personal issues, his job was excellent.And Kutcher what can I say his acting is far far away from the quality that Ch.S has been giving us. Sad use to be my favorite show.

  10. plz says:

    lets see a show and see how it goes i think its better that way then compare like a interview let the people decide put a few episode on with ashton and then let us vote what harm will that do. i like sheen hes funny who cares about his personal life thats his business not ares.

    • CurryFan says:

      I’m all for not caring about an actor’s personal life, but I do think that when his life choices start to affect his work and other people he works with, it becomes the concern of the employer. In this case CBS. If you work in a team and one of the members shows up for work drunk/high or doesn’t show up on time, and you have to work around the guy’s vices and arrests, your team is impaired and they can’t do their jobs well. Truth is, if Sheen had a regular office job he would have been fired a long time ago. I think he was given enough chances and he still behaved like an ass. So, good riddance!

  11. plz says:

    do something like a american idol. who can replace charlie someone who has everything in common a drunk, whore, with money but from the streets ashton is none of that personally my wife could handle liquor better than him do a one season thing and we vote and we need another stocker not rose unless charlie is back she was awesome

  12. Alex says:

    I heard he’s going to be playing Charlie’s illegitimate son. Charlie is only 12 years older than Ashton but according to what I read, that’s how old Charlie was when he conceived him. Charlie did it with his Jr. High school teacher. I recall that Charlie did once mention to Alan that he had sex in 8th grade and I think it was with his teacher! She was too ashamed to tell anyone, but finally does when she hears Charlie has died and they go to Charlie’s funeral. Alan gets screwed again, he doesn’t inherit anything of Charlie’s because Charlie left NO will and since Ashton’s character is next of kin, he inherits Charlie’s things(including the house). Alan no doubt will beg him to let him stay because they’re family. He might be a little more dignified than Charlie and today’s shows could use more dignity and less shameful behavior like they did in the 80’s and 90’s.

    This could be an interesting twist. Adding new characters has worked for sitcoms before. It worked for “The Hogan Family”, it worked for “Three’s Company”, it worked for “Night Court”, it can work for “Two and a Half Men”.

    Besides there are lots of cliffhangers still. Is Alan ever gonna get his happy ending? Is Jake ever gonna amount to anything important? Is Judith finally gonna get what she deserves? And of course, is the father of Judith’s daughter, Millie, Alan or Herb?

    On top of everything, this is not the FIRST time the show has been put on hold because of Charlie Sheen. This show has been put on hold before because Charlie has gone into rehab or been arrested. Charlie should’ve learned some responsiblity, other actors work on that show too and I’m sure they’re getting tired of putting their jobs on hold because of his outrageous behavior.

    Charlie has kids, but what kind of example is he setting for them? He’s lucky that they’re still too young to understand what’s going on with him but when they’re old enough to understand they may end up ashamed of him. Besides, how do we know he hasn’t fathered other children, given his history with women?

    If Charlie can’t learn some self control and start being responsible, he’s gonna end up hitting rock bottom just Lindsay Lohan has.

  13. Unknown says:

    This tard is going to ruin 2.5 men. hes such a loser.

  14. Joe says:

    Ashton Kutcher is not funny.

  15. lilyrose says:

    Ashton is the wrong choice! He cannot play foil to Jon Cryer who is the weak brother. Ashton will appear even more arrogant than he already seems if he is to bounce off his needy family.
    John Stamos would be an elegant, suave bachelor who could advise his loser brother on how to treat ladies in order to get dates.
    Please fill the spot with Stamos. My husband and two adult sons and I WILL NOT watch goofy Ashton.

  16. Nettie Munson says:

    I refuse to watch two & a half men, Charlie Sheen makes the show, Ashton will not be a good fit for the show, which means when it looses viewers it will be shut down. It should be shut down. If I were Charlie Sheen, I would be suing , after all he had a contract, that must be honored. I do have shows that I watch on CBS, but this show will not be one of them. Now I am a advide viewer of two & a half men, with Charlie Sheen being gone, that is it.

  17. G says:

    Good luck to Ashton in “whatever” his roll will be.
    No he cannot replace Charlie. “Charlie Is Charlie” on the show and off.
    I’ll watch the reruns as much as I possibly can for long as they continue To play! It’s obvious he was playing himself, and he made Us laugh. Kudos to Charlie!
    Two and a Half Men is a show with terrific minds working together never missing a beat. I swear these people stay up all night so they don’t! Kudos to Those!
    The Entire Cast is Perfect in Every way. Kudos to All of them! We have So needed a show that could bring so much laugher into our lives about ourselves and others as well. I could only hope the show will carry on with such high attributes…all across the board.

    These are my feelings and my feelings only. No you do not have to agree, and no you should not post negatives on anyones comments.
    Those who do Need to get a life. You certainly aren’t a Proud American. Good luck to you as well.

  18. charlie says:

    Please name one show that the main char left an it still got good or great ratings?Other then Spin City which was Charlie to the rescue!Bet you cant name any others that were rated #1 in primetime an continued.Its like replacing gibbs on NCIS it would never work.Ashton is a completlly different type of funny.Show will die sorry all just facts

  19. paul says:

    Casted as his slightly happier bstard son, not a bad idea. Kutcher is a likeable character, to cast him as somebody like Charlie Harper would be a stupid move. Neither can act very well anyhoo. Gonna be a flop and it’ll be titled by it’s worth.. Two and a Half Yen.

  20. Optimist says:

    Well, I can say that I am a charlie sheen fan, and I loved him in the serie two and a half men, I will see the first episode’s with kutcher in it but I already say that its not going to be the same…

  21. Doga pamuklar says:

    wait so is aston going to be playing charlie harper or what? i dont get this whole thing.

    • Jaclyn says:

      They didn’t say how they’re going to bring Ashton in, but they said its going to be really funny so you just gotta watch and see. I’m trying to find out when it coming back on!!! I don’t wanna miss it !

  22. Jaclyn says:

    Does anyone know when the first airing of Two and Half Men is going to be with Ashton ?

  23. Nancy says:

    Not only will this end the show. But will stop Kushner’s career for a very long time. What a fool he is to even except this part. Oh and by the way they are going to kill Charlie off in a car accident..Such a bad idea…Well good bye Ashton no one likes someone who kicks someone when they are down. You just put yourself in the gutter.

  24. pat says:

    no way !
    2,5 man is an excellent show I won’t be able to see again with some one like “ashton” on charlie’s role….
    Who on earth decided that ashton has anything to do with that show???

  25. Jody says:

    Ashton is not the replacement for Charlie Sheen. 1. Not as naturally funny. Ashton tries to be funny but he misses the mark. 2. Charlie had good timing on his own. It does not come natural to Ashton. 3. He doesn’t look like Alan’s brother the way Charlie does. 4. Charlie’s age is right. Ashton though married to an old lady just doesn’t look like he would have the experience Charlie seems to have about life. I could go on and on. I predict the show will not make it now. I think a better choice if Charlie must be replaced would be Johhny Depp.

  26. kells says:

    I think he is a very good actor but no one could replace Charlie sheen.
    If he comes on that show and he wants to make it entertaining then he better work really hard. He will definitely need to adopt the same kind of attitude in the show that Charlie sheen did to make it feel like two and a half men.

  27. Charlie says:

    I think they’re just making a big fuss to increase popularity.
    You’ll see, Charlie will still be in 2.5 Men and the first episode showing Charlie as Charlie will be a ‘big surprise’, the ratings will hit the roof and the show will magnificently go on! It’s all showbiz!

  28. me says:

    Charlie Sheen is TWO AND A HALF MEN… Without him the show will be crap… How can a young Ashton Kutcher replace him, its simple he CAN’T. I for one will no longer watch this show..which is a shame because it’s awesome..

  29. Tullyanny says:

    Ashton deserves is funny and talented, the show will be better!

  30. KK says:

    hmmm lets think about this Ashton or charlie, ashton or charlie….i know which one i would rather look at for half an hour!! beside ashton is funny!! he is just what you need for a bit of light comic relieft which is what the show is supposed to be about isn’t it??

  31. Danage doin the damage says:

    Are you kidding..? come on Ashton, for one, have a bit of self respect and stop picking up the scraps, and two… through a little self reflection you might realize, you can’t pull of the Sheen. This show is gonna be clown shoes!

  32. steven says:

    I think Charlie sheen kicked ass as Charlie Harper in 2 and a half man. He was and still is the funniest actor next to will Ferrell and Adam Sandler and all the other actors/comedians. Anyway I don’t think it’d be right for Kutcher to take Sheen’s place. Sheen was the star for so many years, the producer and/or creator should give Sheen another chance because the ratings will for the most part go down. Charlie sheen was the best actor and the only person funny enough to fill the part. He’s just that kind of man. Giving the part to Ashton Kutcher and not keeping sheen is a disgrace to all the viewers. I feel very strong that if Charlie sheen just goes through a little rehab he’ll be as good as new. The creator should just give him another chance so everything could return back to normal. So I don’t have to watch so many repeats of my favorite show no disrespect to Ashton, but sheen is a far better actor. Again the only one to fill the part of Charlie Harper is Charlie Sheen. Please don’t change it after all these years I watch it every day to watch the best actor/comedian perform. The creator needs to get over what Sheen said it was a drug filled rages just forgive him. Everyone needs a second chance he’s just the best and he’s “bi-winning”. Also the argument and TV interviews and everything else that went on with Chuck Lorre and Charlie Sheen will probably get the television show more ratings. Kutcher just can’t take Sheen’s place it’s just not right and will not work. It will look weird not seeing Charlie Sheen but Ashton Kutcher this May 18 and I will be very disappointed if I don’t see Sheen. Sheen is just obviously the right choice Chuck Lorre just please forgive sheen. Bring him back Kutcher just doesn’t and will never have the friendship and great partnership of Allen and Berta on the show. They just won’t click like they did with Charlie Sheen. He’s the one and only Charlie Harper again chuck just forgive sheen it was a drug filled rage let it be as it once was and bring Sheen back. I know I speak for all the 2 and a half man viewers when I wrote this letter/comment.

  33. Nick says:

    I like Ashton Kutcher but he just don’t fit the part. Robert Downey jr would of been ideal!! what the hell CBS would play the roll much better with his mans man antics and selfish charectors he has always played such as due date, iron man he was a real cigar smoking whiskey drinking bad boy. Wake up CBS!

  34. Kim says:

    I think all you whingers shld view the show b4 passing judgement.
    I think ashton will be great in the comedy show, he was very funny in that 70’s show & is a good comedic actor.
    No one is saying he is going to be playing charlie, he cld b charlie’s love child from the affair charlie had with his teacher in 8th grade. I hope it is a great success. Gongrats to Ashton.

  35. kim says:

    Why shld chuck lorre forgive charlie sheen, charlie has an ego the size of the grand canyon & what steps has he taken since all this started to rehabilitate himself & show that he deserves to b brought bck 2 the show. Charlie sheen shld b the one apologising to chuck lorre & all the viewers of the show 4 letting every1 dwn, serves him right they never brought him bck. The show wasn’t just sheens show it was a group effort by the 3 leading actors that made it what it is. And how much of a stretch was it 4 sheen 2 play a womanising alcoholic drug addicted train wreck, that wasn’t acting that was him playing himself under the guise of a tv character.

  36. Carly says:

    he will never be as good as charlie! the show wont be as good I dont think.

  37. Maaaaaate says:

    what a pile of crap.

  38. paris says:

    Why is it some people think a unique personality can be replaced? Hopefully the producer is bright enough to come up with a new venue. Thanks Charlie and Allen for all of the laughs.

  39. Tom riddle says:

    I can’t stand the fact that they replaced Charlie…Ashton just won’t cut it!!!!!!!! The whole point was to capture an alcoholic player and put him on tv for many to enjoy… Not a little boy who likes to play stooooopid and act like a child. Well now we gotta live with it sincerely yours, Tom riddle

  40. you says:

    It’s gonna be fail without Charlie… I won’t watch it anymore.

  41. Yaourt says:

    They should’ve hired Rowan Atkinson instead of A.K. It would’ve been more funny to see how Atkinson’s character is getting more chicks than Alan Harper. Producers’choice sucks – A.K. is just not funny, he’s good for stupid teenage movies!

  42. Jake Collins says:

    Charlie sheen should not be replaced by Ashton kutcher. Charlie sheen is funny in a lay back not so caring attitude. Ashton is funny by means of stupidity. Without another amazing comedian on stage to balance out Ashton the show will lose its popularity.

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