Charlie Sheen, the volatile actor topped our list of the highest paid TV actors last year with $40 million. This year he’s nowhere to be seen, while the actor who took over his lead role on the hit CBS sitcom Two and A Half Men reigns in the No. 1 spot. We estimate that Ashton Kutcher earned $24 million between May 2011 and May 2012.
The actor-producer is suing the California Department of Motor Vehicles for at least $1.44 million, saying it backed out of a planned reality series about the day-to-day drama and comedy at DMV offices.
But the offers provide no raises from what the stars currently make, and that’s shaping up as a big problem for the reps for the actors.
With Charlie Sheen’s replacement signed, Two and a Half Men will begin production this summer.
Two sources close to the deal-making say that the actor is putting the final touches on a deal to replace Charlie Sheen as the star of TV’s No. 1 comedy. The exact dollar figure he will be paid is not known but a source says Kutcher is getting a “huge payday” to join the hit sitcom.