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Charlie Sheen on ‘Two and a Half Men’ Reboot: ‘Ashton’s Gonna Kill It!’

Ousted actor gives his wizard’s blessing to his replacement

Charlie Sheen has apparently had a change of heart and mind with regard to the upcoming season of "Two and a Half Men."

The ousted actor — who had earlier scoffed at the notion of Ashton Kutcher replacing him on the hit CBS series, has pulled an about-face faster than you can say "crack binge," telling "Extra" that Kutcher is going to "kill it."

He even plans to tune in to his old gig when it comes back on the small screen.

"Who's not going to watch? I'll be there front and center, I'm just as curious as everybody else," Sheen enthused on Monday. "I think Ashton's gonna kill it."

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Admitting that he's "rooting hard" for the revamp's success, Sheen offered a slightly backhanded compliment, saying, "It'll be nice to know that they get some carry-over ratings from people being sort of curious about what happened to their guy."

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Sheen, who was booted from the series early this year after a prolonged burst of increasingly bizarre behavior, pooh-poohed the prospect of Kutcher taking over for him in May, saying, "Enjoy the show America. Enjoy seeing a 2.0 in the demo every Monday, WB," referring to Warner Bros. Television, which produces "Men."

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As was reported last week, the season premiere of "Two and a Half Men" — which taped on Friday — will reportedly open on a funeral for Sheen's character Charlie Harper, who according to attendees of the taping met an unfortunate demise in Paris, after cheating on his new wife. John Stamos and Jenny McCarthy are said to be guest-stars for the televised memorial service.

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At the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills last week, CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler revealed that former "Punk'd" star Kutcher would play Walden Schmidt, a broken-hearted Internet billionaire.

If Sheen does plan to watch the "Men" season premiere, he's better fire up the TiVo — it's slated to air on September 19, the same night as his Comedy Central roast. Then again, maybe all of that tiger blood coursing through Sheen's veins allows him to watch multiple shows simultaneously, without the benefit of modern technology.

Of course, Sheen has reason to be charitable with his opinion lately; the actor's career appears to be meandering back on track, with a television adaptation of the Jack Nicholson film "Anger Management" in the works.