Ashton Kutcher has officially signed up to replace Charlie Sheen in ‘Two and a Half Men’ – but will earn less than his predecessor.
The ‘No Strings Attached’ star will take home more than $625,000 but less than $900,000 an episode compared to the $1.25 million per show Charlie was banking before he was fired from the comedy series because of his turbulent private life.
According to gossip website TMZ, CBS boss Les Moonves has reportedly signed the deal to get Ashton on board and will soon announce the show will be rebooted for season nine.
It has also been confirmed Ashton will not be replacing Charlie’s character Charlie Harper, but will be portraying someone new.
In addition, Jon Cryer – who Charlie branded a “troll” upon his departure – and Angus T. Jones will also be returning.
The show’s creator Chuck Lorre has been reported to be “really happy” with the decision to get Ashton on board.
A source said: “It’s really funny. People are going to love it. Chuck’s really happy.”
A host of actors including Woody Harrelson, Jeremy Piven and Rob Lowe had all been tipped to take Charlie’s place in the series.