Jon Cryer 'Jazzed' About Ashton Kutcher Joining ‘Men’

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Speaking out for the first time, he also expresses “enormous gratitude to Charlie Sheen for eight great seasons.”

Speaking out for the first time about the drama surrounding CBS’ Two and a Half Men, Jon Cryer thanks Charlie Sheen for his hard work but also expresses excitement about returning to the show with new star Ashton Kutcher.

"I want to express my enormous gratitude to Charlie Sheen for eight great seasons,” he says in a statement to People. “I'm extremely proud of the work we've done together, and I will miss him. But I'm also looking forward to this new beginning."

The Hollywood Reporter first reported Thursday that Kutcher has been tapped to replace Sheen; CBS, Warner Bros and Kutcher confirmed the news Friday.

"Ashton is an extraordinarily talented guy, and his presence will be an asset to our show," Cryer tells People. "We are old friends from our male modeling days, and we're both looking forward to being judged for our comedic artistry, as opposed to our exceptional physical beauty. I'm jazzed about the news this morning that Two and a Half Men is coming back! For all the rest of the cast and crew I'm sure they are equally excited.”

Kutcher also is excited to begin working.

In a Tweet Friday, he wrote: “Thank you for all the Congrats on 2.5. Met with the team this morning.... We are already working on earning your Laughter.”

Sheen, who was fired in March after a weeks-long media circus that had the actor attacking everything from Alcoholics Anonymous to his boss Chuck Lorre, remains bitter about the Kutcher news.

Taking a shot at the show, he told TMZ Friday, "Enjoy the show America.  Enjoy seeing a 2.0 in the demo every Monday, WB."  

Then, in a comment Kutcher slamming Lorre, Sheen added, "Enjoy planet Chuck, Ashton.  There is no air, laughter, loyalty, or love there."