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Ashton Kutcher tweeted in defense of Joe Paterno recently, which drew the ire of fans.
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updated 11/17/2011 7:27:32 PM ET 2011-11-18T00:27:32

Ashton Kutcher knows what a tough day is like. Demi Moore announced that she's ending their marriage, and Kutcher earned a slap from his top CBS boss for a controversial Twitter posting.

During a Q-and-A session Thursday at a TV industry meeting, CBS Corp. Chief Leslie Moonves said he's pleased with the ratings for revamped "Two and a Half Men." "This show could last with the current numbers it has for many, many years," he said. He is also pleased with new star Kutcher — "aside from his comments about Penn State," Moonves added.

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Story: Moore says she is ending marriage to Kutcher

Last week, Kutcher condemned the firing of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and then recanted the Twitter posting after it drew a flurry of criticism. The actor said he'd been unaware of the child sex-abuse scandal engulfing the university.

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On Thursday, the 49-year-old Moore announced she was splitting from Kutcher, 33, the subject of rumors of alleged infidelity. The couple wed in 2005.

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During the meeting, Moonves also shared a few thoughts about former "Men" star Charlie Sheen and his exit from the show. “It was unfortunate. ... I’m glad that it’s a chapter that’s closed. It just wasn’t fun,” Moonves said. “It’s no good when there’s rancor; it’s no good when you have lawyers involved in a TV show.”

The Associated Press, The Wrap and The Hollywood Reporter contributed to this report.

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Photos: Demi and Ashton split

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  1. Actor Ashton Kutcher and wife Demi Moore speak to the media at the launch party for "Real Men Don't Buy Girls" at Steven Alan Annex in New York on April 14, 2011. The interactive video campaign is aimed at educating the public about child sex slavery.

    Moore, 49, announced on Nov. 17, 20011, that she was ending her marriage to Kutcher, 33, after six years. (Jemal Countess / Getty Images file) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Kutcher and Moore attend the premiere of his film "No Strings Attached" at the Regency Village theatre in Los Angeles on Jan. 11, 2011. The couple's relationship became tabloid fodder in recent months as rumors swirled about Kutcher's alleged infidelity with a woman on the night of his sixth wedding anniversary. (Mario Anzuoni / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Moore and Kutcher are seen during a United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime news conference about the launch of the UN Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking at United Nations headquarters in New York on Nov. 4, 2010. (Andrew Gombert / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. The couple announces the launch of the “Real Men Don’t Buy Girls” campaign during the Clinton Global Initiative in New York on Sept. 23, 2010.

    Moore and Kutcher created the DNA Foundation, also known as the Demi and Ashton Foundation, in 2010 to combat the organized sexual exploitation of girls around the globe. (Evan Agostini / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Kutcher takes pictures from the sidelines with Moore prior to Super Bowl XLIV between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Feb. 7, 2010. (Donald Miralle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Moore and Kutcher arrive at the premiere of "The Joneses" in Hollywood, Calif., on April 8, 2010.

    "It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton," Moore said in a statement on Nov. 17, 2011. "As a woman, a mother and a wife there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life." (Gabriel Bouys / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Moore and Kutcher attend a game between the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on June 27, 2010. (Noel Vasquez / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Robert Redford, left, is seen with Kutcher and Moore in the green room prior to the premiere of "Spread" at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Jan. 17, 2009. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Kutcher and Moore attend the CW network party for "The Beautiful Life" in New York on Sept. 12, 2009. (Peter Kramer / AP file) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Moore speaks to the media as filmmaker Tyler Perry, left, and Kutcher look on during the Entertainment Industry Foundation news conference in New York on Sept. 10, 2009. Celebrities, sports stars and politicians from across the country gathered to promote volunteerism. (Brendan Mcdermid / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Moore laughs while she and her husband mingle at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington on May 9, 2009.

    "I will forever cherish the time I spent with Demi," Kutcher tweeted on Nov. 17, 2011. "Marriage is one of the most difficult things in the world and unfortunately sometimes they fail." (Jonathan Ernst / REUTERS) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Kutcher and Moore attend the White Party hosted by Sean "Diddy" Combs and Kutcher to help raise awareness for Malaria No More held at a private residence in Beverly Hills, Calif., on July 4, 2009. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Kutcher and Moore are joined by Moore's daughter, actress Rumer Willis, at the Los Angeles screening of "Spread" at ArcLight Hollywood Cinemas in Hollywood, Calif., on Aug. 3, 2009. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Kutcher and Moore pose with Moore's former husband, actor Bruce Willis, prior to the start of Super Bowl XLI between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears at Dolphin Stadium in Miami on Feb. 4, 2007.

    Moore was married to Willis for 13 years. They had three daughters together -- Rumer, Scout and Tallulah Belle -- before divorcing in 2000. (Donald Miralle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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