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CBS just needs to write a big check to keep Kutcher and co-star Jon Cryer on board.
“All Ashton has said is he likes working with us and would like to do more,” Aronsohn told The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday while attending the Toronto Screenwriting Conference. “It’s just a basic negotiation between CBS and the actors because CBS is picking up the tab. [CBS and Warner Bros. are] trying to make a deal that will allow the show to remain profitable, to remain on the air.”
Kutcher last year signed a one-year deal to test whether he could replace Sheen on the sitcom’s reboot, and CBS is looking to renew for another season.
Aronsohn also appears to be in no hurry to pull the plug on the high-rated sitcom, especially when a large crew depends on Two and a Half Men for their livelihood.
“While it’s nice to go out on top, it’s hard to look people in the face and say, ‘We’re going out because I made my money,’ ” he insisted.
Besides, Aronsohn isn’t a fan of the current crop of female-centered comedies such as Whitney and 2 Broke Girls.
“Enough, ladies. I get it. You have periods,” he said.
Aronsohn applauded women like Whitney Cummings, Chelsea Handler and Tina Fey securing a voice to discuss formerly taboo subjects on TV.
“But we’re approaching peak vagina on television, the point of labia saturation,” he said.
The current boom in female-centric TV contrasts with Two and a Half Men mostly portraying women as bimbos, something Aronsohn isn’t about to apologize for.
“Screw it,” Aronsohn earlier told the Toronto conference during a keynote address. “We’re centering the show on two very damaged men. What makes men damaged? Sorry, it’s women. I never got my heart broken by a man.”
Later, he clarified by insisting he was hardly one to take the moral high ground.
“We do far too many fart jokes on Two and a Half Men,” he conceded. “I’m the last person to judge.”
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