Ashton Kutcher has joined Hugh Laurie as the highest paid actor on TV in America, according to a new magazine study.
Both stars will earn $700,000-per-episode for "Two and a Half Men" and "House," respectively, when the two high-rated shows return to TV next month, but Kutcher also reportedly has a deal in place, where he'll profit further if his sitcom is a hit.
Kutcher is replacing fired Charlie Sheen on "Two and a Half Men."
However, both actors' 2011/2012 TV salaries won't match Simon Cowell's package when he kicks off his new "X Factor" show – the study, carried out by TV Guide magazine, suggests he's on a whopping $75 million-per-year.
And the music mogul's replacement on "American Idol," Jennifer Lopez, has signed a new deal to return to the talent show reportedly worth $20 million for the second season.
Also among the big U.S. TV earners: chat show hosts David Letterman and Jay Leno bring in $28 million and $25 million annually, NCIS star Mark Harmon ($500,000-per-episode), and Kutcher's Two and a Half Men sidekick Jon Cryer ($600,000-per-show).
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