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Ashton Kutcher Lands ‘Two And A Half Men’ Role

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Actor Ashton Kutcher models in a fashion show. (credit: Mauricio Lima/AFP/Getty Images)

Actor Ashton Kutcher models in a fashion show. (credit: Mauricio Lima/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSDFW.COM/AP) - It’s official – the hit television comedy “Two and a Half Men” is replacing troubled star Charlie Sheen with Ashton Kutcher.

“Ashton is a pop culture triple threat—film star, cutting-edge producer and a social media pioneer,” said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment. “He brings creativity, energy and personality to everything he touches.

Producer Warner Bros., which makes the series for CBS, said Friday it had signed the comic actor for next season. The deal apparently came together quickly, following reports that negotiations with film actor Hugh Grant for the role had fallen through.

Warner cut short the show’s eighth season and fired Sheen two months following his public implosion through hard partying and angry criticism of show creator Chuck Lorre.

“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,” said Kutcher. “I can’t replace Charlie Sheen but I’m going to work my ass off to entertain the hell out of people!”

Kutcher is familiar to television audiences through his role on Fox’s “That 70s Show,” film roles like the romantic comedy “No Strings Attached” with Natalie Portman and production of shows like MTV’s “Punk’d.”

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