LOS ANGELES: The US actor on Two and a Half Men who called the hit TV series “filth” apologised on Tuesday, as he scrambled to keep his job on what its former star Charlie Sheen said was a “cursed” show.
Angus T. Jones voiced remorse a day after a video surfaced on a Christian church’s website, in which he urged viewers not to watch the top-rated comedy show.
“I apologise 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,” he said in a statement.
He added: “I have been the subject of much discussion ... 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 a Half Men with whom I have worked and over the past ten years who have become an extension of my family.” Nineteen-year-old Jones, who reportedly earns $350,000 an episode playing the character Jake in the show now starring Ashton Kutcher, attacked the programme after apparently undergoing a religious revelation.
“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,” he said in a video posted by the Forerunner Christian Church on YouTube.
“Please stop watching it; stop filling your head with filth. Please,” he said in the video.
Jones signed up for a new one-year contract in May for the show — from which Sheen was sacked last year after he gave a series of increasingly erratic and explosive interviews about the show’s producer, Chuck Lorre.
Sheen said shortly before Jones’ apology that he thought the series was plagued.
“With Angus’s Hale-Bopp-like meltdown, it is radically clear to me that the show is cursed,” Sheen told celebrity People magazine, referring to the fiery comet.
Sheen — who portrayed hedonistic jingle writer Charlie Harper — was replaced by Kutcher on the top-rated comedy series, which has been a hit since it was launched in 2003.