Ashton Kutcher is Getting Paid Way Less Than Charlie Sheen

May 13th, 2011 // 38 Comments

Presumably because of all the scarf-wearing, Ashton Kutcher will reportedly make considerably less than Charlie Sheen‘s salary on Two and a Half Men, according to TMZ:

Sources tell TMZ, Charlie’s base pay on the show was $1.25 million an episode. We’ve learned Ashton will get more than half — more than $625,000 — but less than $900,000.
There are reports Charlie received upwards of $2 million an episode, but that includes his profit participation.
… We’re told Ashton spent time with creator and Executive Producer Chuck Lorre and the two got along great — something that was essential for Lorre, who was at war with Charlie.
Ashton will NOT be playing the Charlie Harper character. He’ll be playing someone new, who comes into “Men” Malibu house.

I guarantee you Chuck Lorre didn’t hire Ashton Kutcher because of his “chemistry” and has zero aspirations about this working out. This was entirely about insulting Charlie Sheen (Kudos, btw.), and I’m pretty sure there were several network meetings where Chuck Lorre just presented inanimate objects as a replacement. “So, how about this toaster? We’ll call it ‘Uncle Toasty,’ and I’m confident its creative output will be on par with Charlie Sheen, a heh heh. But, no, seriously, you jamokes want an actual person, so let me think on this. Who’s the closest actor to a piece of toa- Ashton Kutcher.”

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  1. Deacon Jones

    And cue rambling, hate filled statement, with aging wife insult (towards the end) from Charlie Sheen…….NOW.

  2. Clueless

    I predict they will write Charlie Harper out by saying that he lost a bet.

  3. It had to be said

    Aw. It’s nice that he’ll get paid between $1.3 million and $1.8 million before the show is canceled.

  4. Snooki's Taint

    I like the fact that TMZ had to spell out what ‘more than half’ of $1.25 mil is for their readership.

  5. Snooki's Taint

    They should have hired Charlie Murphy.

  6. LJ

    Betcha he got a guarantee for a full season, so that when the show gets cancelled in December Ashton will get half a season’s checks for sitting at home tweeting pictures of Demi.

  7. Inmate 12236969


  8. It makes sense that he’s getting paid half of what Charlie was. He’s going to be filling the “half” role and the fat kid has been promoted to “full man”.

  9. Deryn

    I bet Demi is bummed that all the surgery in the world won’t magic more eggs into her ovaries. He’d make pretty babies, wouldn’t he? Pretty babies with not-quite-so-strong jawlines?

    • He dresses like he shares a closet with Johnny Depp.

    • youcandieNOW

      I don’t know about that. There’s a 50% chance those Willis girls got those mutant genes from Demi, and Ashton has a “special” brother. Factor all that in with the fact that she has old rotten eggs and there’s a good probability that she’d give birth to the Toxic Avenger.

  10. Any Guy

    ‘ASHTON’, hahaha… his name is ‘Dave’. ah, those whacky fake names. always makes me chuckle. kinda like his shitty acting!

  11. Rough the π maker

    Robert Lowe seems more fitting. But A.K. is an actor, I’m sure he can pull it off.

  12. youcandieNOW

    Whatever. I wouldn’t pay him a dollar to wipe my ass if I had two broken arms and runny shits.

  13. How sad is it that ‘getting paid way less’ still means getting $625,000-900,000 per episode..

  14. Dave

    I didn’t know that he was still “working”. This is gonna be harder than Punk’d!

  15. Scott

    I know it’s cool to rag on Ashton Kutcher… but am I the only one who thinks he did a decent job on That 70′s Show? He has good comedic timing and delivery.

    • JC

      Didn’t he just basically play himself in That 70′s Show? I’ve never seen him play anything beyond “slightly autistic/stoned guy.”

  16. Slinger

    they should have canned the show…

  17. eatme

    wtf? they are seriously going ahead with this? does ANYONE other than geeky 13-year old girls have anything but contempt for ashton kutcher?

  18. miz

    fish hahaha posts like this is why i even am on this site keep up the good work godspeed!!!!!

  19. The Lord Almighty

    They didn’t hire him. Its payback time, midway through the first “episode” they’ll reveal its an episode of Punkd with his no talent hack ass as the target.

  20. I can’t wait until they introduce a silicone cyborg to play his love interest.

  21. Dude, Where’s My Paycheck?

  22. The Lord Almighty

    Hmmm why does he have a beard, he already has Demi for that…

  23. McFeely Smackup

    This show can easily go on without charlie. The possibilities are endless. They should hire a impressionist and have charlie bedridden with aids yelling down the hallway for help every now and again.

  24. Veronica


    Charlie leaves a note explain he lost his house to Kelso in a Vegas card game. The condition is ‘duh duh daaaaaaaaaaaaaaah’, Alan and the kid get to stay.

    Charlie dies. His will states that Kelso (an illegitimate half brother on the father’s side), gets the house with the condition that ‘duh duh daaaaaaaah’, Alan and the kid get to stay.

  25. Porky

    Nah. I think the maid got drugged-out Charlie to sign everything over to her and she puts him in a psychiatric hospital and AK is her new love interest. Alan and the kid get to stay.

  26. Mrc

    Come on! The Job isn’t hard I’m sure ak can do it, and I’m Glad charlie is out, he is an overpayed idiot. I’ll keep watching the show.

  27. When is the press release coming that the show will be renamed 1 & 3/4 Men?

  28. Ashton Kutcher
    Commented on this photo:

    I bow down humbly in the percsene of such greatness.

  29. Melinda

    You are so not as funny as Charlie you might
    Have a hot wife but tell the writers to give you
    Somethin funny a billionaire sucks

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