'Two and a Half Men' actor apologizes for criticizing show

Angus T. Jones issued a statement Tuesday saying he's sorry if his remarks reflected disrespect of his colleagues.

 

NEW YORK -- Teenage actor Angus T. Jones of the comedy "Two and a Half Men" is apologizing for a series of interviews attacking his own show, at one point calling it "filth."

Jones issued a statement Tuesday saying he's sorry if his remarks reflected indifference to and disrespect of his colleagues and a lack of appreciation of his opportunities.

The 19-year-old star plays the son of actor Jon Cryer in the comedy, which once starred Charlie Sheen before he was kicked off the show for drug use. Jones has been giving a series of interviews detailing his religious awakening and distancing himself from his work.

"Please stop watching it," Jones says in a video posted by Forerunner Chronicles in Seale, Ala. Jones describes a search for a spiritual home and says the type of entertainment he's involved in adversely affects the brain.

"Please stop filling your head with filth," he says. "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."

In a statement issued Tuesday, Angus said: “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," according to the entertainment news site WENN.

WENN quoted Angus as saying, “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.” 

CBS and producer Warner Bros. Television had no comment Monday.

"Two and a Half Men" survived a wild publicity ride less than two years ago, when Sheen was fired for his drug use and publicly complained about the network and the show's creator, Chuck Lorre. Sheen later said he wasn't still angry at the sitcom's producers and the network and acknowledged he would have fired himself had he been in their shoes.

The show was moved from Monday to Thursday this season, and its average viewership has dropped from 20 million an episode to 14.5 million, although last year's numbers were somewhat inflated by the intense interest in Kutcher's debut. It is the third most popular comedy on television behind CBS's "The Big Bang Theory" and ABC's "Modern Family."

The actors on "Two and a Half Men" have contracts that run through the end of this season.