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HOLLYWOOD -- Goodbye, Charlie. Ashton Kutcher is about to join Jon Cryer this fall on CBS' "Two and a Half Men."
Kutcher signed on Friday, after putting the finishing touches on a deal to replace Charlie Sheen on the hit CBS Monday night sitcom, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
While the exact details of the deal are not yet known, THR quotes an individual close to the negotiations as saying the agreement will result in a "huge payday" for Kutcher. (Sheen was reportedly making $1.8 million per episode.)
Executive Producer and series creator Chuck Lorre has reportedly already crafted a storyline that will work "Punk'd" star Kutcher into the series and, according to one THR source, "It's really funny. People are going to love it."
Sheen was fired from the series in March after engaging in increasingly bizarre behavior, insulting Lorre on talk shows and social media early this year.. and is currently suing Lorre and Warner Brothers TV for $100 million over his termination from the Monday night hit.
Kutcher was not the original choice. Most recently, "About a Boy" actor Hugh Grant was offered the part. Grant reportedly dropped out due to creative differences, though the fact that he was offered well under $1 million an episode might also have had something to do with his reluctance.