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Published May 13, 2011, 01:59 PM

Ashton Kutcher Officially Joins 'Two and a Half Men'

Memo to Charlie Sheen: Ashton Kutcher is winning. CBS and Warner Bros. Television announced Friday that the actor will join the cast of the hit (and beleaguered) "Two and a Half Men."

By: Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times (MCT)

LOS ANGELES — Memo to Charlie Sheen: Ashton Kutcher is winning. CBS and Warner Bros. Television announced Friday that the actor will join the cast of the hit (and beleaguered) "Two and a Half Men."

The former star of the sitcom "That 70's Show" puts to rest a huge question mark for the network as it prepares to face advertisers in New York City with its slate of new fall programming.

"We are so lucky to have someone as talented, joyful and just plain remarkable as Ashton joining our family," said Chuck Lorre, creator and executive producer of "Two and a Half Men." 'If I was any happier, it'd be illegal."

Reports surfaced Thursday night that the actor was the likely replacement. Kutcher even kind of confirmed the reports via his Twitter account, tweeting: "What's the square root of 6.25" (The answer is 2.5). But now comes his official statement: "I can't wait to get to work with this ridiculously talented 2.5 team and I believe we can fill the stage with laughter that will echo in viewers' homes. I can't replace Charlie Sheen but I'm going to work my ass off to entertain the hell out of people!"

Production of the ninth season will begin this summer.

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