Charlie Sheen has responded to CBS' Friday announcement that Ashton Kutcher has been cast on his former show "Two and a Half Men."
Sheen, 45, was fired from the network's No. 1 comedy earlier this year after ranting about the show's co-creator Chuck Lorre on the air and following a rehab stint for alcohol and drug abuse. Producers said the actors had "been engaged in dangerously self-destructive conduct and appears to be very ill."
Update: Charlie Sheen wrote on his official Twitter page on Friday, "#Winning Congrats to the cast and crew...CBS & WB..! My best to @aplusk !! The show must go on... You got the right guy! C"
Charlie Sheen has responded to CBS' Friday announcement that Ashton Kutcher has been cast on his former show "Two and a Half Men.""Ashton Kutcher is a sweetheart and a brilliant comedic performer. Oh wait, so am I!!" People magazine quoted Sheen as saying. "Enjoy the show America, Enjoy seeing 2.0 in the demo every Monday, WB. Enjoy planet Chuck, Ashton. There is no air, laughter, loyalty, or love there."
Sheen had played party-loving bachelor who lives with his brother and nephew. CBS did not detail what role Kutcher will play. Production on the ninth season of the "Two and a Half Men" will begin this summer and air in the fall, the network said.
"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," CBS quoted Kutcher as saying in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com on Friday, May 13. "I can't replace Charlie Sheen but I'm going to work my ass off to entertain the hell out of people!"
Kutcher, 33, is known for playing naive Michael Kelso on the comedy series "That 70's Show" between 1998 and 2006 and also hosted the hidden camera prank show "Punk'd" for MTV between 2003 and 2009. He recently starred opposite Natalie Portman in the romantic comedy movie "No Strings Attached."
The Hollywood Reporter said on Thursday that Kutcher was in talks to star in "Two and a Half Men." The Wall Street Journal said Kutcher would be paid about $1 million an episode and that a new role had been created for him.
People magazine quoted a source as saying the actor would receive #650,000 to $750,000 an episode. Sheen had been making about $1.8 million an episode.
"We are so lucky to have someone as talented, joyful and just plain remarkable as Ashton joining our family," Lorre said in a statement. "Added to that is the deep sigh of relief knowing that our family stays together. If I was any happier, it'd be illegal."
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.