From The Hollywood Reporter:
Less than two years removed from Charlie Sheen’s infamous meltdown that saw him removed from CBS’ Chuck Lorre comedy, the show’s young star, Angus T. Jones — the half man in the show’s title — has blasted the series as “filth” and suggested that people should stop watching.
“Jake from Two and a Half Men means nothing. He is a non-existent character,” Jones says in a video for the Forerunner Chronicles, a Christian group. “If you watch Two and a Half Men, please stop watching Two and a Half Men. I’m on Two and a Half Men and I don’t want to be on it. 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 continues with the testimonial, intimating that the show is part of the plan of “the enemy” — presumably Satan. “If I am doing any harm, I don’t want to be here,” he says. “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. I’m not OK with what I’m learning, what the Bible says and being on that television show.”
Jones, 19, gave a testimony in October at the Voice of Prophecy in Los Angeles, where he attends services.
This young man bucking Hollywood is causing a serious freak out by anti-religious folks. Jones makes $350,000 and episode, which according to his critics means he should shouldn’t be complaining. The second part of Jones’ testimony is shown below.
Jones comes off as a well-spoken sincere individual. He’s old enough to choose his path in life (which he wasn’t as a child actor), and he apparently has other plans.
Update: In an official statement first published at Deadline Hollywood, Jones speaks on the controversy for the first time.
I have been the subject of much discussion, speculation and commentary over the past 24 hours. While I cannot address everything that has been said or right every misstatement or misunderstanding, there is one thing I want to make clear.
Without qualification, I am grateful to and have the highest regard and respect for all of the wonderful people on Two and Half Men with whom I have worked over the past ten years and who have become an extension of my family.
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.
I also want all of the crew and cast on our show to know how much I personally care for them and appreciate their support, guidance and love over the years. I grew up around them and know that the time they spent with me was in many instances more than with their own families. I learned life lessons from so many of them and will never forget how much positive impact they have had on my life.
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 isn’t due back on set until January, so there’s no word yet on if he is continuing in his role, quitting, or being fired. His character isn’t heavily involved in the show anymore, so it’s anyone ‘s guess what will happen.