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OTRC: Ashton Kutcher to replace Charlie Sheen on 'Two and a Half Men,' report says

Ashton Kutcher appears in a still from his 2009 film, 'Spread.' (Barbarian Films / Voltage Pictures)

Ashton Kutcher is in the final stages on a deal to replace Charlie Sheen on CBS' No. 1 comedy, "Two and a Half Men," according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Two sources close to the matter say that Kutcher has "all but signed" the deal and though his rate has not been revealed, it will be a "huge payday." They say that creator Chuck Lorre has already crafted a storyline to introduce Kutcher's new character and one of the sources says "People are going to love it... it's really funny."

Spokespeople for Kutcher and CBS, which airs the show, had no immediate comment.

Kutcher rose to fame appearing in Fox's "That 70's Show" and executive producing MTV's hidden camera show "Punk'd." The actor, who is married to Demi Moore, most recently starred opposite Natalie Portman in "No Strings Attached."

It was revealed this week that Hugh Grant was in serious talks for the role but unexpectedly backed out.

In March, it was announced that Lowe could not take over the role as he is bound under contract to continue to star in "Parks and Recreation." Stamos also denied he would replace Sheen at the time.

Despite insinuating that he wants his job back and claiming that he was in talks to return to the show, Sheen endorsed his possible replacements back in March.

"I think they're both fabulous," Sheen told The 'Dan Patrick' radio show on Wednesday, March 9. "Rob's an old friend and a brilliant actor and he's a brilliant man. What I would advise them to do is just make it their own. Don't think about what I'd done brilliantly on the show."

Sheen has been making headlines over the past few months due to a rehab stint for alcohol and drug abuse, a custody battle with his estranged wife and on-air rants on television, radio and on the Web against the co-creator of his CBS comedy series, "Two and a Half Men."

He was later axed from the show, which reportedly paid him more than $1.8 million an episode, and producers said he had "been engaged in dangerously self-destructive conduct and appears to be very ill." He has since sued them for $100 million.

UPDATE on May 13, 2011: Ashton Kutcher has been confirmed to join "Two and a Half Men."

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