'Two and a Half Men' Showrunner Exits, Actors Stay


Today brought some good news and bad news for fans of Two and a Half Men, as the show lost a key member while holding on to its main characters.

Showrunner Lee Aronsohn is exiting the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter, leaving writer-producers Don Reo and Jim Patterson to reportedly fill in the missing spot as co-showrunners with Chuck Lorre, the sitcom's co-creator.

Meanwhile, stars Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones have all reportedly finalized one-year deals to continue with the show in the fall in the event that it gets picked up by CBS for another season.

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THR reports that even though ratings have been down lately, the show still proves lucrative for the network and is likely to get a go-ahead on a 10th season in light of the key cast members signing deals.

This news follows Aronsohn's controversial comments made in April, which some interpreted as sexist.

"Enough, ladies. I get it. You have periods," he told THR when discussing women-centric television. "We're approaching peak vagina on television, the point of labia saturation."

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Contrarily, Aronsohn did single out Whitney Cummings, Chelsea Handler and Tina Fey as innovators who warranted praise for "discussing formerly taboo subjects on TV."

Two and a Half Men airs Mondays at 9/8c on CBS.