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Ashton Kutcher will officially join Two and a Half Men, CBS announced Friday.

"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," Kutcher said. "I can't replace Charlie Sheen but I'm going to work my ass off to entertain the hell out of people!"

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The actor was finalizing a deal to join the CBS sitcom Thursday night after negotiations fell through with Hugh Grant. CBS and Warner Bros. did not say who Kutcher will play."We are so lucky to have someone as talented, joyful and just plain remarkable as Ashton joining our family," Men

creator and executive producer Chuck Lorre said. "Added to that is the deep sigh of relief knowing that our family stays together. If I was any happier, it'd be illegal."

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Added CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler: "Ashton is a pop culture triple threat — film star, cutting-edge producer and a social media pioneer. He brings creativity, energy and personality to everything he touches. We are thrilled to have him, and excited beyond words for what he brings to the next season of Two and a Half Men."Men will be Kutcher's first TV gig since leaving That '70s Show in 2006.

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Meanwhile, Sheen, who has said the show will fail without him, tells TMZ that Kutcher is a "brilliant comedic performer," but warns that he's on a sinking ship. "Enjoy the show, America. Enjoy seeing a 2.0 in the demo every Monday, WB," he says. "Enjoy planet Chuck, Ashton. There is no air, laughter, loyalty, or love there." Production on the revamped sitcom begins this summer.

For more insight into Sheen's departure from Two and a Half Men, watch TV Guide Network's special, Charlie Sheen: Hollywood Black Book Friday at 10/9c.