Posted on Thu Sep 29th, 2011 11:15am PDT
Ashton Kutcher is under fire from CBS after promoting social media companies Foursquare, Flipboard, Hipmunk, GroupMe and Chegg on Monday night's episode of Two And A Half Men.
The actor/social media maven holds investment stakes in all five companies. On Monday, he put stickers for the brands on character Walden Schmidt's laptop, and CBS is upset because the network received no compensation for the product placement.
"This was not part of any advertising transaction with CBS," a network rep said. "Our policy is to disclose such financial interests in a credit at the end of the broadcast."
But, The Hollywood Reporter says, the network has decided not to take any action against Kutcher -- though it will blur the stickers from future episodes.
This marks more bad news for Ashton, who is in the middle of a tabloid tornado this week as rumors are swirling that he's been cheating on wife Demi Moore.
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Also that day, photos surfaced of 23-year-old Sara Leal, a woman who Kutcher allegedly slept with last weekend.
And social media is a vein running through both stories.
In the early morning hours of Thursday, Kutcher Tweeted a link to Public Enemy's song "Don't Believe the Hype." But Moore has raised questions with her Tweets; she Tweeted this week "I see through you," and "When we are offended at any man's fault, turn to yourself & study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger. â€” Epictetus."
Reportedly, CBS will be blurring the stickers from Kutcher's character's laptop. The show's most recent episode reached 20 million viewers.
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