Kutcher Replaces Sheen as Best-Paid Sitcom Star

But he's still making $500K less than Sheen was
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2011 10:45 AM CDT
In this publicity image released by CBS, the cast of "Two and a Half Men," from left, Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones, and Ashton Kutcher, are shown Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at Carnegie Hall in New York.   (AP Photo/CBS, Jeffrey R. Staab)
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(Newser) – Despite the fact that none of Ashton Kutcher's Two and a Half Men episodes have actually aired yet, he's already the highest-paid sitcom actor on TV, earning a whopping $700,000 per episode. That's massive considering lead primetime performers typically earn $125,000 an episode, reports TV Guide, but it's still a far cry from predecessor Charlie Sheen's $1.2 million per episode.

Speaking of Sheen, his former Men co-star Jon Cryer promised KTLA yesterday that Sheen's death would be "funny," but said he couldn't reveal much. "There is no meat explosion, just so you know; it's not some entrée that ends disastrously." He also spoke highly of his new co-star, saying, "Ashton just did the show on Friday and just tore the roof off the joint. He was amazing." Watch the video at the Huffington Post.

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