It's been less than a week since CBS announced that Ashton Kutcher was officially cast to replace Charlie Sheen on CBS' "Two and a Half Men" and Kutcher has already posted an unofficial cast photo on his Twitter account with the caption "first cast argument."
"In my 13 years in show business, I've never received more emails and phone calls from people congratulating me for this job. You almost think I've won the lotto... which I kind of did," Kutcher said at CBS' upfront presentation, Entertainment Weekly reports. "I got the best job in show business and I'm exited about that."
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." He had played party-loving bachelor who lives with his brother and nephew.
"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!"
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.
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."
Sheen had mixed reactions to Kutcher's casting first telling People magazine, "Ashton Kutcher is a sweetheart and a brilliant comedic performer. Oh wait, so am I!! 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."
However, he Tweeted to Kutcher late Friday saying, "#Winning Congrats to the cast and crew...CBS & WB..! My best to @aplusk !! The show must go on... You got the right guy! C"
Shortly after, Kutcher responded to Sheen's Tweet, saying, "#2.5 @charliesheen Thank man. Always been a fan, always will be! BTW you were 'born big.'"
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.