TV Star Apologizes After Calling Show ’Filth’
UPDATE: After Jones’ comments made national headlines, the young actor has since apologized for his remarks in a statement, Vulture reports.
"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.
The saga began yesterday when teenage star of the popular sitcom "Two and a Half Men" has thrown himself into the media spotlight after he slammed his own show in an interview in which he called his own show "filth," ABC News reports.
Angus T. Jones, 19, who plays Jake Harper on the CBS hit show, made media headlines on Monday for speaking out against the comedy. In an online interview with a church organization, Jones declares he no longer wants to be part of the show and urges views to stop watching it. The actor has been on "Two and a Half Men" since he was 10 years old.
"Jake from ’Two and a Half Men’ means nothing," Jones said in the interview. "He is a non-existent character. 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."
Jones goes on to urge viewers to "Please stop watching. Please stop filling your head with filth, please. People say it’s entertainment ... the fact that it’s entertainment ... do some research on the effect of television on your brain and you’ll have a decision to make."
He added that the comedy is "bad news" and that "a lot of people don’t like to think about how deceptive the enemy is." Jones does note that the "enemy" has made him quite rich for a teenager (or anyone else). According to the Hollywood Reporter, the teen makes about $350,000 an episode and recently received a raise along with co-stars Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher when the sitcom was renewed for its 10th season in May.
Chris Hudson, who calls himself Jones’ mentor, posted the interview on the Forerunner Chronicles YouTube page. Forerunner Chronicles has been connected to the Voice of Prophecy Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Los Angeles, where Jones worships, according to to the New York Daily News.