Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ 2002 interview on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” resurfaced on social media after the two actors apologized for writing letters of support for Danny Masterson ahead of his sentencing for rape. In the viral clip, Kunis reveals that Masterson once bet Kutcher $10 to French kiss her while filming an episode of their Fox sitcom “That ’70s Show.” The actors are in good spirits about the incident, but the clip has amassed over four million views and counting in the days after Masterson was sentenced to 30 years to life for rape.
“She was 14 when we started the show. I was 19,” Kutcher says in the 2002 interview. “And they were like, ‘You guys are going to be making out in this scene.’ And I’m thinking, ‘Wait, this is slightly illegal.'”
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“I’ve never kissed a guy,” Kunis adds. “I was a 14-year-old little girl and I was extremely scared for my life. He was very nice about it, like, ‘Don’t worry about it.’ Then Danny goes to him and goes, ‘Dude, I’ll give you $10 if you French kiss her.'”
“We had a little side bet going,” Kutcher confirms. “You’re kissing on the show, we’re boyfriend and girlfriend. You would use tongue. Danny bet me like 20 bucks I wouldn’t do it.”
Kunis and Kutcher then argue over whether or not Kutcher won the bet. “I didn’t let him, but I think he tried,” she says, while O’Donnell jokes, “The cops showed up and you would get arrested.”
Kutcher then notes that he thinks Kunis was actually 15 years old at the time. Variety has reached out to Kunis and Kutcher’s representatives for further comment.
Several old interview clips of Kutcher, Kunis and Masterson have circulated on social media since Masterson’s prison sentence was announced. One clip features Masterson being interviewed on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and telling an anecdote about slipping in and out of his Long Island accent. It builds to a joke about Masterson asking people to touch his genitals.
“So why are you asking people to do that? That’s the more important question,” O’Brien asks Masterson, who replies, “I mean, you got ’em, you know what I mean? Everybody should grab.”
O’Brien responds, “I’ve heard about you. And you’ll be caught soon, I know you will.”
“I will,” Masterson says.
In the lead up to Masterson’s sentencing, Kunis and Kutcher wrote letters to the judge in which they supported his character. Kutcher called Masterson a “role model,” while Kunis vouched for Masterson’s “exceptional character” and referred to him as an “outstanding older brother figure.” Kutcher and Kunis, who are married and share two young children, starred with Masterson on “That ’70s Show” from 1998 to 2006. Kutcher then starred with Masterson on Netflix’s “The Ranch.” Masterson was written out of the show in its third season, after being accused of sexual assault in 2017.
Following immense backlash for their letters, Kutcher and Kunis posted an apology video on Instagram in which they said, “We support victims. We have done this historically through our work and will continue to do so in the future…Our heart goes out to every single person who’s ever been a victim of sexual assault, sexual abuse or rape.”
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