Earlier this week, reports emerged that Hugh Grant was the leading contender to join "Two and a Half Men," in place of its former star, Charlie Sheen. And while Grant ultimately pulled out of negotiations, the man formerly known as "Kelso" has jumped in.
CBS and Warner Bros. TV have officially revealed that Ashton Kutcher ("That '70s Show") is joining the cast of "Two and a Half Men," alongside actors Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones, Holland Taylor, Marin Hinkle and Conchata Ferrel when the series returns this fall for its ninth season.
"We are so lucky to have someone as talented, joyful and just plain remarkable as Ashton joining our family," said "Two and a Half Men" creator, Chuck Lorre. "Added to that is the deep sigh of relief knowing that our family stays together. If I was any happier, it'd be illegal."
"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," added 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 of course best known for playing Michael Kelso for seven seasons on "That '70s Show" on Fox and hosting "Punk'd" for MTV. Kutcher has also starred in several feature films, like "Dude, Where's My Car?," "The Butterfly Effect," and "Just Married." However, some of his most recent films like "The Killers" (pictured above) have been box office disappointments, leading some showbiz analysts to openly wonder if Kutcher's appeal had passed.
As of early Friday morning, Charlie Sheen has yet to release an angry letter to TMZ about the latest developments with his old job. But that should change in about five… four… three…
Sheen has now contacted TMZ with some kind words for Kutcher and less kind words for his former boss, Chuck Lorre.
"Kutcher is a sweetheart and a brilliant comedic performer … Oh wait, so am I!!
Enjoy the show America. Enjoy seeing a 2.0 in the demo every Monday, WB.
Enjoy planet Chuck, Ashton. There is no air, laughter, loyalty, or love there."