Charlie Sheen's loss was Ashton Kutcher's gain -- and the new face of CBS knows it.
Kutcher, who was revealed as Sheen's replacement on the mega-hit comedy "Two and a Half Men" last week, took center stage at CBS' upfront presentation of the fall lineup. Aside from a few press statements and tweets, this was his first opportunity to comment on his casting, and he hemmed once again to the aww-shucks excitement that he's projected over the past seven days.
"In my 13 years in show business, I've never received more emails and phone calls from people congratulating me for this job. You almost think I've won the lotto ... which I kind of did," he said (via EW). "I got the best job in show business and I'm exited about that."
The lottery reference could have been about his big salary, rumored to be a bit less than $900,000 per episode. In comparison, Sheen made nearly $2 million per taping.
Last Friday, Kutcher released a statement through CBS, saying, "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. I can't replace Charlie Sheen but I'm going to work my ass off to entertain the hell out of people!"
For more on the CBS upfront presentation, click over to The Hollywood Reporter.
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