As if stealing Charlie Sheen’s role on “Two and a Half Men” wasn’t enough, he has now nabbed the actor’s place at the top of the bling list.
Ashton Kutcher is giving himself a big ‘ol pat on the back today. The new frontman on the popular CBS sitcom has earned himself the number one place on Forbes’ 2011-2012 Highest-Paid TV Actors list, bumping Sheen from his throne.
Kutcher’s uber salary of $24 million earned him the top spot.
That cash is solely related to his television appearances and doesn’t take into account his globs of funds oozing in from other creative endeavors, including his investments in Pop Chips and Silicon Valley startups like Skype, Spotify and Airbnb, now valued at $1 billion (with a "B.")
Hugh Laurie, for finale season of “House,” and Ray Romano, for his roles on “Men of a Certain Age” and residuals from “Everyone Loves Raymond,” came in at the second and third spots, earning $18 million.
In fact, upon closer examination, Charlie Sheen, who reigned supreme just 12 short months ago with his massive yearly paycheck of $40 million, is 100% void from this year’s rundown.
Here is complete look at the top ten:
1. Ashton Kutcher, $24 million
2. Hugh Laurie, $18 million
3. Ray Romano, $18 million
4. Alec Baldwin, $15 million
4. Mark Harmon, $15 million
6. Tim Allen, $14 million
7. Jon Cryer, $13 million
8. Patrick Dempsey, $12 million
9. Jim Parsons, $8 million
9. Johnny Galecki, $8 million
9. Jason Segel, $8 million
You may notice that there are no Kardashians or “American Idol” fellows on the list either. That’s because reality television personalities were specifically ignored from this particular list.
The same cannot be said about the list’s female counterpart, which featured Kim and Khloe Kardahsian at the number two and five spots.
If that’s not sad enough for you, consider the fact that Honey Boo Boo Child will likely be among names like Oprah and Tina Fey next year…Yes, it’s OK to cry now.