Angus T. Jones has issued a statement of apology after dissing "Two and a Half Men," the comedy series that has featured him since its 2003 debut.
The 19-year-old plays Jake, the nephew of Charlie Sheen's deceased character. He says in a recently released video interview posted on a Christian website called the Forerunner Chronicles, run by a Seventh-day Adventist ministry, that the show is "filth" and that he doesn't want to be on it anymore and that people should stop watching it. He also talks about how he has become more religious.
Jones's statement was released and obtained by OTRC.com on Tuesday and goes as follows:
"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 and over the past ten years who have become an extension of my family."
['Two and a Half Men' creator] Chuck Lorre, [Warner Bros. Television President] 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. "
Reps for CBS and the sitcom's production company Warner Bros. Television have declined to comment about the controversy.
The video that contained the actor's negative comments about "Two and a Half Men" was posted about 20 months after Sheen underwent a public meltdown, unleashed a series of on-air and online rants about the creator of "Two and a Half Men" and got fired from the popular series, which saw him play a womanzing bachelor. He was replaced by Ashton Kutcher in 2011.
Sheen weighed in on Jones' comments on Tuesday, saying in a statement obtained by OTRC.com: "With Angus' Hale-Bopp-like meltdown, it is radically clear to me that the show is cursed."
The Hale-Bopp comet was observed on Earth in 1997. At that time, 39 members of the Heaven's Gate cult in Southern California committed mass suicide, believing that they would end up meeting what they claimed was a UFO that was cloaked in the comet's trail.
Sheen was reported paid $1.8 million per episode of "Two and a Half Men" before he was fired. This past May, before the current 10th season's fall premiere, Jones was given a raise and now makes $350,000 per episode, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This past season saw Jake getting cozy with guest star Miley Cyrus.