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Ashton Kutcher confessed that he thought he would be fired during his first days on That ‘70s Show, the sitcom which made him a star.
“I was so nervous when I was [hired for] ‘That ‘70s Show,’” he said Sunday on Fox’s 25th Anniversary Special. “I was doing everything I could to look awesome. [But] I thought I was going to get fired for the first three, four episodes. I was convinced I was going to get fired. It was ‘faking it till you make it’ full blown for the entire first season.”
He also added that he did not pick up on many of the show’s cultural references.
“I was reading for a bunch of different pilots at the time and the really weird thing was — because [the series] wasn’t called ‘That ‘70s Show’ at that time, it was ‘Teenage Wasteland’ — honestly half the references I didn’t understand. The only one I totally got, that I thought was totally hilarious, was smoking weed in the basement. They talked about a car that runs on water,” he said.
Kutcher also had no prior acting experience and worked as a model in New York City when That ‘70s Show debuted in 1998.
Today he earns $750,000 per episode on the CBS series Two and a Half Men. He has no reason to worry about his performance on that series because the show’s producers recently gave Kutcher an $8,000 watch for his hard work.
He took over from series star Charlie Sheen following his infamous meltdown and subsequent termination from the sitcom in 2011.
“I promise I won’t lose it to a porn star at the Plaza Hotel,” Kutcher said of his new Swiss timepiece. Sheen accused a woman of stealing his watch during a trip to New York in 2010.