Ashton Kutcher.
Ashton Kutcher.

Kutcher welcomed 'with open arms'

ASHTON Kutcher was welcomed "with open arms" on to the set of 'Two and A Half Men'.

The 'No Strings Attached' star - who is taking over the leading role from Charlie Sheen, who was fired earlier this year - has managed to get on well with the cast and crew of the set, despite rehearsals being a "little rocky".

A source said: "The taping went really well. No one mentioned Charlie.

"It was a little bit rocky during rehearsal, to film without Charlie. He was such a big part of the show. The cast and crew miss Charlie, they do. There was a relationship there. [But] They're welcoming Ashton with open arms."

The audience who attended the recording said they had "enjoyed" it, People.com reports.

Ashton replaced Charlie on the CBS sitcom after a public spat with the show's creator Chuck Lorre, and Nina Tassler, programming chief at CBS, initially revealed things were a little tense on set.

She revealed recently: "When everybody walked on the set you could cut the air with a knife."

However, co-star Jon Cryer, who portrays Charlie's on screen brother Alan Harper, delivered a speech which calmed nerves.

She added: "He gave a little speech. I can't even remember the words. It was just something very touching.

"Then, when you hear that first actor mutter that first line, you breathe a sigh of relief."


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