"Extra's" Jerry Penacoli caught up with "Two and a Half Men" creator Chuck Lorre at the PaleyFest 2012 panel discussion.

The big question remains: will TV's highest-paid man return for another season of the hit CBS show? Lorre weighed in, telling Penacoli, "I'm hopeful. There are more stories to tell and if people keep laughing, it's worth it to keep going. It's not up to me, it's up to Ashton, the whole cast, to decide whether to move forward."

On the panel, Kutcher joked about his clean-cut look, saying, "Jesus wanted it back."

Ashton's co-star Jon Cryer talked about the show's creative edge, saying, "With Ashton, we're experimenting... we're coming up with stuff. He's a riot and he's a little bit of a clown... well, he's a lot of a clown, and as you know, even at a time where it's been difficult for him personally, he's been an incredible champ."

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