Ashton Kutcher’s contract with Two and a Half Men is reportedly only one season long, so I guess even Warner Bros. knows people will be sick of seeing him by then.
Part of the reason for the short-term contract is that CBS only has the show licensed for one more year, so no one is sure what the fate of the show itself will be. However, sources close to the show say that Warner Bros. and CBS foresee Men being alive for another two to three years.
Kutcher will receive $20 million for the entire season, bringing his salary-per-episode at about $750,000. Seeing as how 99% of his career is based on saying “dude” and playing pranks on people, that’s pretty generous, although it doesn’t compare to Sheen’s $1.8 million per episode salary.
Kutcher is also launching a new app with UberMedia, called A.plus. He is currently the 7th most popular user on Twitter, which basically means, any time there’s any news about Ashton Kutcher, you can’t use Twitter for the next four hours.
Kutcher recently said about his new role: “You’d almost think I won the lottery or something, which I kind of did. I’ve got the best job in show business, and I’m ecstatic about that.”
I think it’d be great if the whole Charlie Sheen meltdown, subsequent firing, and replacement with Ashton Kutcher was one elaborate prank for Punk’d.