A statement from the Emmy Award winner reads, "I’m jazzed about the news this morning that Two and a Half Men is coming back! For all the rest of the cast and crew I’m sure they are equally excited... Ashton is an extraordinarily talented guy and his presence will be an asset to our show.
"We are old friends from our male-modeling days and we’re both looking forward to being judged for our comedic artistry, as opposed to our exceptional physical beauty."
Cryer also sent out a message to Sheen, who was fired from the show in March (11) following a messy, public dispute with producers.
He wrote, "I want to express my enormous gratitude to Charlie Sheen for eight great seasons. I’m extremely proud of the work we’ve done together and I will miss him. But I’m also looking forward to this new beginning."
Sheen doesn't share Cryer's enthusiasm for his replacement, insisting the show will fail without him in a statement sent to TMZ.com.