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Ashton Kutcher Takes Stage at CBS Upfront, Calls Men Gig 'The Best Job in Show Business'

Those in attendance at CBS’ upfront presentation Wednesday afternoon got their first glimpse of a post-Charlie Sheen Two and a Half Men when Ashton Kutcher took to the stage alongside his new costars Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones.

“It’s unbelievable to be here,” an enthusiastic Kutcher told the advertiser-packed crowd at New York’s Carnegie Hall. “Honestly, I never probably in my 13 years in show business received more emails and phone calls from people congratulating me for this job.

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“You’d almost think I won the lotto or something,” continued Kutcher, before adding with a laugh, “which I kinda of did.” (Kutcher reportedly will pocket roughly 750K an episode for his Men duties.) “I got the best job in show business and I’m ecstatic about that.  When I was very young somebody told me that if you want to be successful in life, surround yourself with the best, work your ass off and you can get there. And I am surrounded by the best and I will work my ass off and I could not be more excited.”

Cryer also snuck in a few words, saying he was “incredibly happy” about Kutcher’s arrival. “I brought myself to a place of incredible excitement about our new beginning, which I’m going to refer to as One and Two Half Men.”

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Conspicuously absent from CBS’ 90-minute dog and pony show: any mention of Kutcher’s embattled predecessor. And Kutcher wasn’t the only CBS star banned from the proceedings. An extended segment featuring highlights of the past year in CBS News failed to acknowledge the work of departing anchor Katie Couric. All together now: Ouch.