Ashton Kutcher: Replacing Charlie Sheen Is Like Winning the Lottery

Entertainment May. 18, 2011 AT 5:46PM
Ashton Kutcher: Replacing Charlie Sheen Is Like Winning the Lottery Credit: Kristy Sparow/WireImage.com; Tiffany Rose/WireImage.com

Ashton Kutcher is feeling pretty lucky these days.

Days after Kutcher was announced as Charlie Sheen's replacement on Two and a Half Men, the 33-year-old actor told reporters that he "could not be more excited" to join the hit show.

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"I've never probably in my 13 years in show business received more phone calls and e-mails from people congratulating me on this job. You'd almost think I won the lottery or something, which I kind of did," Kutcher said at the CBS Upfronts in NYC on Wednesday. "I've got the best job in show business, and I am ecstatic about that."

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Kutcher will earn roughly $1 million per episode. His new costar, Jon Cryer, said he's looking forward to working with the Iowa native when production begins next fall.

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"I'm incredibly happy they're bringing Ashton to the show, but the question that I have to ask is, 'Did you have to get the tall guy? Really? Is that necessary?'" Cryer, 46, joked. "But I brought myself to a place of incredible excitement about our new beginning, which I refer to as One and Two Half Men."

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