Ashton Kutcher Becomes Highest Paid TV Star

August 12, 2011 Updated Aug 12, 2011 at 5:11 PM EDT

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Ashton Kutcher Becomes Highest Paid TV Star

August 12, 2011 Updated Aug 12, 2011 at 5:11 PM EDT

Even though the first episode of the new "Two and a Half Men" hasn't aired yet, Ashton Kutcher is already TV's highest paid sitcom star.

Kutcher will make $700,000 per episode as Charlie Sheen's replacement on the show. That puts him at almost $15,500,000 for the season. Kutcher's take home pay is more than that of his co-stars.

But it's still less than the $1.2 million dollars per episode that Sheen was earning.

Sheen's character on the show will reportedly be killed off in the first new episode.

Kutcher plays the role of a heartbroken internet billionaire named Walden Schmidt.