'Two and a Half Men' star Angus T. Jones praises Ashton Kutcher
Angus T. Jones says he can't wait to hang out with Ashton Kutcher, who will make his debut on "Two and a Half Men" next month following the departure of Charlie Sheen.
Sheen, 45, was fired from the hit CBS series in March after a slew of rants in the media about show co-creator Chuck Lorre and following a rehab stint to treat alcohol and drug abuse. He had played the party-loving uncle of Jones' character.
Kutcher, a 33-year-old actor whose roles as goofy teen Kelso on the sitcom "That '70s Show" and host of the prank series "Punk'd" have earned him a coveted teen and young adult fanbase, was later cast in Sheen's place. He will make his debut as a new character, a broken-hearted Internet billionaire, when the show returns for a ninth season on September 19.
"It's been fun," Jones, 17, told OnTheRedCarpet.com host Rachel Smith at the WWE SummerSlam Kickoff event in Los Angeles on Thursday. "I'm not sure if there's a new dynamic. It's just a different person, so it's a different situation."
"I can't wait to hang out with him and stuff," he said. "He seems like a really cool guy. I haven't gotten a chance to talk to him yet, because it's been kind of hectic, the first few weeks. He seems like a really nice guy and he is awesome."
After Kutcher was cast in May, he Tweeted to his some 7 million Twitter fans a photo of himself, Jones and Jon Cryer, who plays the father of Jones' character and the brother of Sheen's, appearing to yell together. He jokingly described the scene in the picture as the "first cast argument."
Jones remained mum regarding recent reports that say Sheen's character will be killed off and mourned at a funeral on the season 9 premiere of "Two and a Half Men."
"That's what I hear, too," Jones said.
Sheen, who has battled alcohol and drug abuse for years, was suspended from the show just before he was fired. He later appeared on various news programs, touting his "winning," party-loving lifestyle and live-in girlfriends, or "goddesses." The actor maintained he was sober, dubbed himself a "rock star from Mars" and demanded a pay raise.
Sheen was the top-paid television actor in 2010, commanding a reported $1.25 million per episode, which broke a Guinness World Record. Kutcher has since nabbed the top TV salary, as he is set to earn $700,000 an episode (see a list of the top-earning TV stars).
Sheen began a stage tour of North America after his firing, which was met with lackluster reviews and featured several comedians, including Jeffrey Ross, who has taken part in several Comedy Central roasts.
Sheen has been the butt of jokes himself due to his many catchphrases coined at the height of the scandal and will be honored with his own Comedy Central roast on September 19, which airs right after the premiere of "Two and a Half Men." The special will be hosted by "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane.
Comedian George Lopez recently referenced Sheen while joking about the cancellation of "Lopez Tonight." On the second-to-last episode, which aired earlier this week, Lopez said during his monologue: "Everybody asks ... 'What are you going to do now? Like every TV star before me - I'm gonna find some crack. I'm going to get on the pipe. But I'm taking it good. My goddesses are a wreck. They left me and I'm losing teeth."
Reporting by Rachel Smith, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).