Ashton Kutcher on ‘Two and a Half Men’: I Kind of Won the Lotto

Kutcher appears before new castmates for the first time at CBS’ upfront presentation

Last Updated: November 6, 2013 @ 3:31 PM

Ashton Kutcher appeared with his new “Two and a Half Men” castmates for the first time Wednesday, and joked that he’d received so many congratulatory emails, he felt like he had won the lottery.

“You’d almost think I won the lotto or something … which I kind of did,” Kutcher said, while appearing with co-stars Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones during CBS’ upfront presentation to advertisers at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Kutcher, who will replace the departed Charlie Sheen on the hit CBS sitcom next season, stood almost a head taller than either of his co-stars, prompting Cryer to quip to CBS executives Nina Tassler and Les Moonves, “ Did you have to get a tall guy?”

Kutcher said he was once told to succeed in life you should surround yourself with the best and “work your ass off.”

“I am surrounded by the best, and I will work my ass off,” he added.

Tassler, CBS’ entertainment president, refererenced Kutcher’s Twitter confirmation of his casting last week: “Thanks to a well publicized tweet by one of our cast members, we all learned the square root of 6.25.”

Showrunner Chuck Lorre did not appear onstage, and the trio of actors gave no hint as to how Kutcher will be worked of the show.

And no one made any mentioned of Sheen.