Charlie Sheen is out — for real this time — and Ashton Kutcher is in on hit show “Two and a Half Men.” The stunning development could quickly make Charlie a fading has-been, not to mention a big loser in his confrontation with the show’s co-creator.
Kutcher, 33, is a seasoned sit-com actor who brings a huge, younger fan base to the show. After all, he has nearly 7 million Twitter followers.
The actor reportedly signed a deal with Warner Bros., the show’s producers last night, Deadline.com reported.
Kutcher confirmed the deal on Twitter with this message: “What’s the square root of 6.25?’… the answer being 2-1/2.”
Sheen, without question, was the show’s big draw and largely the reason for its success over eight seasons.
For his efforts, Charlie earned the largest paycheck in television, reportedly around $2 million a show for TV’s No. 1 comedy.
But his repeated alcohol and drug binges with prostitutes and porn stars, plus embarrassing public blow ups and refusal to seek rehab led to a showdown with his bosses.
After Sheen publicly lambasted show co-creator Chuck Lorre in a string of interviews, he was fired in March.
With him out of the picture, however, the fate of the show was cast in doubt while producers scrambled to find a replacement.
A number of names surfaced, including Hugh Grant, who was said to have reached the final stages of negotiations, before talks broke down.
Kutcher is reportedly getting a huge payday to do the show.
He last starred in the box office hit “No Strings Attached,” and cut his teeth acting in Fox’s hit sitcom “That 70’s Show” with Toper Grace and Mila Kunis.
“Chuck’s really happy,” a source told the Hollywood Reporter.
Sheen has since embarked on his hit-and-miss nationwide “My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option” tour and has been mentioned for a possible role on the hit HBO series “Entourage.”
At a number of tour stops, he expressed his desire to return to the show, and reportedly had apologized several times behind the scenes.