Ashton has good reason to smile (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
The "No Strings Attached" actor will be receiving $700,000 an episode (for a 22-episode season, mind you) to replace Charlie Sheen in "Two and a Half Men." That's well ahead of Kutcher's co-stars: Jon Cryer gets $600,000 an episode, and Angus T. Jones, Cryer's son on the series, earns $250,000 a show.
The alum of "That '70s Show" is bringing some serious star power -- both in salary and in searches on the Web. Lookups on "ashton kutcher two and a half men" rose over 250% in just the last day. Fans also tuned into "ashton kutcher teen choice awards" and, appropriately, "ashton kutcher net worth."
Kutcher's hefty take is still a bargain compared to Charlie Sheen, who brought in a cool $1.2 million per show, but who was fired after a very public meltdown.
In an interview for Details magazine, Kutcher, who wrapped the first episode and reportedly threw the cast an impromptu party, said he had never met the man he's replacing: "I've never met him in my life. But, you know, he sent me congratulations and wished me well. Via Twitter."
At the time, Sheen indeed tweeted, "#Winning Congrats to the cast and crew...CBS & WB..! My best to @aplusk !!" He also wrote, "The show must go on... You got the right guy! c."
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