Two and a Half Men star Angus T. Jones apologized for statements he made to a black church criticizing his show as "filth" and urging viewers not to watch.
Jones, 19, appeared to be self-assured when he sat in front of a camera at the Forerunner Christian Church and said, "Please stop watching Two and a Half Men... Please stop watching it, and filling your head with filth.”
The reaction from his bosses at CBS and Warner Brothers was not made public, but Jones apologized Tuesday in a statement on gossip blog TMZ.
“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,” Angus T. Jones said in the statement. “I never intended that.”
In a new video provided to the Daily News Tuesday, Jones, who earns $350,000 per episode, reconciled his decision to sign up for another year on the show because God made him do it.
“I am confident that I am there for a reason for one more year," Jones said in the video. "I don’t think I would have been on the show if God hadn’t kind of pushed me into it. Because otherwise I genuinely didn’t want to do another year of the show.”
Jones is a member of the majority black Seventh-day Adventists church in Los Angeles.
On the show, his character has joined the military and does not appear as frequently as he did in the past, reports the Daily News.
Jones was 10 when he debuted on the show as the son of Jon Cryer, whose brother Charlie (Charlie Sheen) takes them in to live with him in his Malibu beach house.
Sheen was unceremoniously fired in 2010 after clashing with the show's executive producer Chuck Lorre.
“With Angus’ Hale-Bopp-like meltdown, it is radically clear to me that the show is cursed,” Sheen told People magazine.
From NY Daily News:
Jones’ video was produced by controversial Seventh-day Adventist Christopher Hudson, who is famous for the fiery sermons he gives in YouTube videos — in which he’s compared President Obama to Hitler and claimed Jay-Z, Kanye West and Rihanna are “in league with Lucifer.”
“I’m not an extremist,” Hudson told The News. “I use colorful language to cement my ideas. I don’t think Obama is the new Hitler. I like Obama. I was talking about some of his policies and comparing them to the policies (of Hitler)."
Hudson said he was introduced to Jones for the first time last week by a couple who belong to the Los Angeles church and run their own ministry called the End Times Like These. He admitted to never watching an episode of “Men,” but like Jones, branded it “filth.”
“If I was in Angus’ shoes and had his spiritual awakening, I hope I would not continue on the program,” Hudson said. “But Angus is highly intelligent. Whatever decision he makes will be between him and the maker.”
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