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Jon Cryer says he's "jazzed" about working with Ashton Kutcher on Two and a Half Men, but will miss Charlie Sheen.

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"I want to express my enormous gratitude to Charlie Sheen for eight great seasons. I'm extremely proud of the work we've done together, and I will miss him," Cryer tells People

in a statement. "But I'm also looking forward to this new beginning."Kutcher will join the CBS sitcom as an unidentified new character next season after closing a deal when the network's negotiations with Hugh Grant fell through."Ashton is an extraordinarily talented guy, and his presence will be an asset to our show," Cryer says. "We are old friends from our male modeling days, and we're both looking forward to being judged for our comedic artistry, as opposed to our exceptional physical beauty. I'm jazzed about the news this morning that Two and a Half Men is coming back! For all the rest of the cast and crew I'm sure they are equally excited."

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Sheen initially had some less-than-kind words to say about Kutcher's hiring, but changed his tune Friday night on Twitter, writing: "#Winning Congrats to the cast and crew...CBS & WB..! My best to @aplusk!! [Kutcher's Twitter handle] The show must go on... You got the right guy! c"Kutcher replied: "#2.5 @charliesheen Thank [sic] man. Always been a fan, always will be! BTW you were 'born big.'"