Charlie Sheen Charlie Sheen may be returning for the finale of "Two and a Half Men" after exiting the series before Season 9. Ashton Kutcher dropped hints on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Photo: Reuters

It’s been about a week since CBS announced the end date for its long-running hit sitcom “Two and a Half Men.” With fans wondering how the show’s creators will put a cap on 12 long seasons of stories, star Ashton Kutcher is dropping hints about a possible return of Charlie Sheen for the finale.

Speaking on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Kutcher was asked about the final episode. Clearly excited by the final storyline, which he said was pitched to him the day before the interview, the actor was caught off guard with giddiness when the host asked him if Charlie Sheen would return to close out the series. The 36-year-old actor could only smile and giggle at the question, unable to confirm or deny the idea. Sheen hasn’t appeard on the show since leaving in Season 8. Kutcher took over for him soon after and has been with the sitcom ever since.

The non-answer was taken as confirmation by DeGeneres who said “So Charlie comes back,” once the crowd had settled down.

“I didn’t say that. Did I say that?” he asked the crowd. It’s clear from his reaction that something is going on involving Sheen’s character, Charlie Harper, in the finale of the longest running comedy on broadcast TV.

In 2011, Sheen had a classic Hollywood meltdown that included publicly lashing out against CBS as well as “Two and a Half Men” creator Chuck Lorre. Things eventually got so bad that the actor was fired from the show after starring for eight seasons. Since then, Sheen has found success with his new FX sitcom "Anger Managment." 

His character on "Two and a Half Men" was killed off when the show returned the next season. It was explained that Harper fell in front of an oncoming train in Paris, according to ABC News. If that’s true, then any return involving Sheen will have to tackle the issue of his death, or lack-there-of.

The final episode of “Two and a Half Men” will air on Feb. 19, 2015. According to Entertainment Weekly, the final season will tackle a story arc involving adoption for same-sex couples as well as same-sex marriage.