CBS Angry After Ashton Kutcher Uses 'Two and Half Men' For Free Advertising (Report)

The Hollywood Reporter
CBS Angry After Ashton Kutcher Uses 'Two and Half Men' For Free Advertising (Report)

CBS may have unintentionally provided several tech companies with free product placement during their most recent broadcast.

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On the series' Sept. 26 episode, Ashton Kutcher’s character -- Internet billionaire Walden Schmidt -- was seen working on a laptop, which was covered in stickers promoting Foursquare, Flipboard, Hipmunk and Chegg. Coincidentally, the actor holds personal investments in all four companies.

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According to a report from Yahoo News, the network is not happy about the free advertising. CBS allegedly plans to blur the stickers from future shows, unless the companies provide compensation. Monday’s episode reached 20 million viewers.

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“Check out @aplusk showing some @foursquare & @GroupMe laptop-sticker love on Two & a Half Men,” tweeted Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley, along with a screenshot from the show.
 
A representative from CBS did not immediately return The Hollywood Reporter’s request for comment.