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Ashton Kutcher Tops List Of Highest-Paid TV Stars

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By Jessica Derschowitz

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Ashton Kutcher is the newest star on “Two and a Half Men,” and now he’s also the highest-paid sitcom actor on television.

The actor earns $700,000 per episode, according to TVGuide, enough to land him the top spot on the magazine’s annual roundup of highest-paid TV stars.

Kutcher’s take is far less than the $1.2 million per episode that Charlie Sheen used to earn, the magazine points out.

Hugh Laurie of “House” reportedly takes home the same amount as Kutcher, making him the highest-paid dramatic actor, while Tim Allen and Kiefer Sutherland are each making $225,000 per episode for their new TV projects.

Mariska Hargitay of “Law & Order: SVU” commands $350,000 per episode, The Huffington Post notes, while Ted Danson will earn $225,000 an episode on “CSI” – less than the $350,000 that predecessor Laurence Fishburne was paid.

Simon Cowell will reportedly make $75 million per season of “The X Factor.”

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