Rush Limbaugh's New BFF: Ashton Kutcher (Video)

Rush Limbaugh, left, and Ashton Kutcher
Rush Limbaugh, left, and Ashton Kutcher
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Ashton Kutcher has an unexpected new fan: Rush Limbaugh.

The king of conservative talk radio spent about a third of his three-hour show on Wednesday heaping praise on Kutcher and playing clips from the actor’s speech Sunday at the Teen Choice Awards, where he was awarded the Ultimate Choice Award.

Limbaugh was taken by Kutcher’s advice that hard work leads to success, which he said is a message the “low-information audience” of the Teen Choice Awards don’t often hear.

“I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work,” Kutcher says in one of the clips Limbaugh played. “I've never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job. And every job I had was a steppingstone to my next job, and I never quit my job until I had my next job. And so opportunities look a lot like work.”

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“Right on,” Limbaugh exclaimed after the clip. “No, don’t ho-hum this, folks. This is a message that young kids today are not hearing … They’re not hearing this from presidential or political leadership … They have been told that evil corporations and evil Republicans and the rich have taken it all from them. Do not laugh. The vast majority of even college graduates are taught this. So when Kutcher, at the Teen Choice Awards, stands up and offers a traditional, uplifting, motivational and inspirational speech on how he became successful, it's remarkable.”

Limbaugh played multiple clips of Kutcher, and when he learned one of them had been edited, he obtained the full clip and replayed it, all the while raving about the actor and plugging his upcoming film, Jobs, about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, numerous times over several segments of his Wednesday show.

“Everything around us that we call life was made up by people that are no smarter than you. And you can build your own things. You can build your own life that other people can live in. So build a life. Don't live one, build one,” Kutcher says in one clip.

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After about an hour of audio clips from Kutcher and analysis of what he said, Limbaugh said: “So you can say what you want, but here's a man, most of his fans think he was born on the red carpet. They think he was born married to Demi Moore. They think he was born on Two and a Half Men. And they're finding out something entirely different, and it's completely opposite to what they're being taught elsewhere. So kudos to Ashton Kutcher.”

Several times Limbaugh noted that Kutcher is a Democrat in famously liberal Hollywood, where Limbaugh is oftentimes viewed with disdain, which led the talk-show host to end the segment with: “I'm sure by the time he hears about this I will be the devil incarnate, but regardless, kudos to him. Again, it was Sunday night at the Teen Choice Awards.”

See Kutcher’s speech below.

E-mail: Paul.Bond@THR.com

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