Ashton Kutcher Becomes Television's Highest-Paid Sitcom Actor with 'Two and a Half Men' Role

Published August 10, 2011

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His first "Two and a Half Men" episode may not have aired yet, but Ashton Kutcher has already become TV's highest-paid sitcom star, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

Kutcher will pull down $700,000 per episode ($15.4 million for the season) as Charlie Sheen's replacement on the hit CBS series, playing heartbroken internet billionaire Walden Schmidt.

While Kutcher's take-home pay is more than that of his veteran co-stars Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones, it is a lot less than the $1.2 million per episode Sheen was earning, according to TV Guide.

Meanwhile, "Where's Charlie?" bumper stickers have been popping up all over Los Angeles, mostly adorning street signs. Suspiciously, the bulk of the stickers have been plastered around Sheen's Mulholland neighborhood.

According to TMZ, Sheen appreciates the support -- but frowns on the defacement of public property.

Cryer was less supportive of his former co-star Tuesday, blasting Sheen on LA's "KTLA Morning News" show.

"I never want to go through that again," Cryer said of Sheen's antics. "It was an awful thing to be a part of."

Cryer also said that Kutcher -- who taped his first episode of "Men" on Friday -- "was amazing" in his role as Schmidt.

"He took the roof off the place," Cryer added. "It's a lovely vibe."

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