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05/13/2011 at 06:30 AM EDT
Either Two and a Half Men
has a new star or we're getting punk'd.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter
that Ashton Kutcher
is taking over for Charlie Sheen, who was famously fired
during a battle with the show's producer over Sheen's behavior on and off the set.
The finishing touches are being put on what is described as a "huge payday" for the return to scripted television for Kutcher, 33, the former That '70s Show
star who has been focusing since on feature films and TV producing, according to the report.
Kutcher's name surfaced as the new choice for the No. 1-rated sitcom after a deal to cast Hugh Grant
Kutcher himself possibly delivered a clue to his Twitter followers Thursday about his casting: "What's the square root of 6.25?" the actor asked in a Tweet.
The answer is 2½.
CBS declined to comment. "There's nothing new to report," a rep says.