Ashton Kutcher: Replacing Charlie Sheen Is Like Winning the Lottery

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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.

"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."

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.

"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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