Greenlit: Charlie Congratulates Ashton on ‘Men’ Role

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Sheen gave his stamp of approval to his successor. But will the show succeed as Charlie changes hands?

Late Friday night came the word we were all waiting for: Charlie Sheen’s affirmation of his replacement on his former show, Two and a Half Men. Finally it was cheers all around as Sheen tweeted his support, both for Ashton Kutcher and for his cast and crew that could finally head back to work.

#Winning Congrats to the cast and crew…CBS & WB..! My best to @aplusk !! The show must go on… You got the right guy! c

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All questions of sincerity aside, the statement was a volte-face from earlier Friday when Sheen jeered Kutcher for stepping into the role. “Ashton Kutcher is a sweetheart and a brilliant comedic performer. Oh wait, so am I!!” he told TMZ. Though there’s a point of praise somewhere in there, NewsFeed isn’t exactly surprised – the warlock isn’t known for his humility.

The backhanded compliment didn’t stop CBS from proclaiming Ashton’s assignment to every possible media outlet. Production studio Warner Bros. (owned by Time Warner, just like NewsFeed) hosed the show in February, but yesterday, studio president Peter Roth said, “We look forward to a great future for this revamped and reenergized show” with Kutcher.

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But Charlie couldn’t resist weighing in on this point as well, taking the opportunity to continue his tirade against Two and a Half Men’s creator and producer, Chuck Lorre. “Enjoy planet Chuck, Ashton.  There is no air, laughter, loyalty, or love there.” While Sheen isn’t confident with the show’s staying power – luckily viewers have the final say.

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