updated 05/13/2011 AT 6:00 PM ET
•originally published 05/13/2011 AT 6:55 PM ET
“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,” the actor, 46, says in a statement. “But I’m also looking forward to this new beginning.”
As for Sheen’s replacement – whom the warlock himself called “a sweetheart and a brilliant comedic performer” – Cryer, again, had only kind words, even if he seemed to be stretching the truth a little.
“Ashton is an extraordinarily talented guy, and his presence will be an asset to our show,” he 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.”
Cryer adds: “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.
News of Kutcher’s television gig comes more than two months after Sheen was fired from the show following a now-infamous feud with producer Chuck Lorre.
Reporting by CYNTHIA WANG