Ashton Kutcher will join Two and a Half Men as a new character, multiple reports claim.
The Wall Street Journal reported the move on Friday, citing people briefed on the deal.
So far CBS, Warner Bros. and Kutcher’s reps at CAA have not commented but sources to The Hollywood Reporter, TV Line and Deadline have resulted in all three confirming the move: “We’ve just received word that negotiations have concluded, marking That ’70s Show co-star Ashton Kutcher’s return to television after a brief movie career. He is replacing Charlie Sheen in Two And A Half Men“
TMZ says Kutcher will get more than half of Sheen’s salary, over $625,000 per episode, but less than $900,000.
Sheen’s “winning” base pay on the show was $1.25 million an episode. There are reports Charlie received upwards of $2 million an episode, but that includes his profits of syndication.
It’s unclear whether Kutcher’s figure includes any share in the back-end profits from reruns of the series.
TMZ also reports Les Moonves from CBS has already signed off on the deal and will announce the show is coming back for Season 9, with Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones.
For his part Kutcher has remained coy on Twitter, asking fans, “What’s the square root of 6.25?”
The answer: 2 1/2.