Alternate headline: 'Duckie lays golden egg'.
Jon Cryer is inching ever closer to co-star Ashton Kutcher's title of "Highest Paid Actor on Shockingly Average Series." According to The Hollywood Reporter, the co-star of CBS' "Two and a Half Men" has gotten a substantial pay raise, "earning" $620,000 a year.
Excuse me. Per episode. He is earning $620,000 per episode. Kutcher, meanwhile, will maintain his hefty $700,000 per episode fee when the sitcom returns for its 11th season in the fall.
The sitcom recently cut loose a big chunk of its budget, booting series regular Angus T. Jones (aka "and a Half Men") from the cast, along with his $300,000 per episode payday, after the child star dubbed the sitcom "filth" and begged viewers to stop watching recently. No word on whether the title will be changed to "Two Men" or, alternatively, "Two Men Who Inexplicably Live Together." However, producers of the series are reportedly looking to cast a female lead for the upcoming season to fill the void left by Jones' absence. Guest star Miley Cyrus was a front-runner, but her touring schedule and fee apparently led to her being crossed off the list of potentials.
Some may think this is an exhorbitant amount of money for an actor on a middling sitcom, but hey, I found $5 at the laundromat so I guess it all evens out.