Published November 27, 2012
So "Two and a Half Men" is filth -- but it's his filth?
Angus T. Jones, the young actor whose attack on his own show in an interview with a Christian outlet raised doubt about whether he would return, attempted Tuesday what appears to be a complete reversal, praising the show that he had previously asked viewers to stop watching.
"I apologize if my remarks reflect me showing indifference to and disrespect of my colleagues and a lack of appreciation of the extraordinary opportunity of which I have been blessed. I never intended that," Jones said in a statement.
He goes on, thanking the creators and producers of the comedy show, saying "Chuck Lorre, Peter Roth and many others at Warner Bros. and CBS are responsible for what has been one of the most significant experiences in my life to date. I thank them for the opportunity they have given and continue to give me and the help and guidance I have and expect to continue to receive from them."
Earlier, sources close to the show told the Associated Press Jones would not appear in the next two episodes of the show. The source indicated Jones’ absence has nothing to do with his recent Charlie Sheen-like outburst, in which he called the show “filth.”
Following news of Jones' comments, Sheen spoke out about the show. "With Angus’ Hale-Bopp-like meltdown, it is radically clear to me that the show is cursed," Sheen said. And according to The Hollywood Reporter, the statement references a group suicide from 1997 involving members of the Heaven's Gate cult.
Jones, who has played the role of Jake Harper, "the half" on the hit CBS show since 2003, was featured in a new video for the Forerunner Christian Church, in which he says the sitcom contradicts his devout Christian values. The video hit the web on Monday.
In the rant, the 19-year-old actor, who reportedly earns $350,000 an episode, even urges fans to stop watching.
"I'm on 'Two and a Half Men' and I don't want to be on it,” he said. "If you watch 'Two and a Half Men,' please stop watching it and filling your head with filth. People say it’s just entertainment. Do some research on the effects of television and your brain, and I promise you you’ll have a decision to make when it comes to television, especially with what you watch."
Jones goes on to express guilt that his profession may be inflicting serious damage on its audience.
"If I am doing any harm, I don't want to be here. I don't want to be contributing to the enemy's plan ... You cannot be a true God-fearing person and be on a television show like that. I know I can't,” he continued. “I'm not OK with what I'm learning, what the Bible says and being on that television show."
Forerunner Chronicles, the Alabama-based Church, which conducted the interview, was not immediately available for further comment.
Fox News' Hollie McKay and the Associated Press contributed to this report.