Update: In a statement to Deadline Hollywood released by Insignia PR, Jones expresses his gratitude to Two And A Half Men, co-creator Chuck Lorre, CBS, series producer Warner Bros TV and studio chief Peter Roth for “what has been one of the most significant experiences in my life to date.”
Here is Jones’ statement in its entirety:
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 over the past ten years and who have become an extension of my family.
Chuck Lorre, 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.
A spokesman for the influential American Family Association says that actor Angus T. Jones’ stunning recommendation that viewers should not watch the “Two and a Half Men” show in which he stars reveals a man who finally is seeing the truth.
Jones, 19, rocked the entertainment world and made a ton of headlines when a video of an interview in which he condemns his own show was posted this week.
“God is great,” he said. “Jake, from ‘Two and a Half Men’ means nothing. He is nonexistent character. He’s … If you watch ‘Two and a Half Men’ please don’t watch. I’m on ‘Two and a Half Men’ and I don’t want to be on it.
“Please stop filling your head with filth,” he continued. “People say it’s just entertainment. The fact that it’s entertainment. … Do some research on the effects of television and your brain, and I promise you’ll have a decision to make when it comes to television.”
AFA spokesman Ed Vitagliano told WND that the statements are getting so much attention because it’s the opposite of what people would expect.
“It’s an anomaly simply because this is a young man, Angus T. Jones, who has had apparently a very recent Christian awakening and is for the first time [beginning] to see what the program actually is.”
Vitagliano said Jones’ assessment of the program is spot on.
The series, he said, “is filled with sexual innuendo and very frank discussions of sex obviously from the point of embracing the sexual revolution.”
He said the production lacks any “sexual morality or anything that even vaguely resembles a traditional, biblical Christian view.”
“So I think this is what caught everyone off guard, is the fact this young guy basically says ‘I’m sorry I’m on it.’ It’s the opposite from what people expect.”
He said in Hollywood, even when someone is displeased with his role or other parts in a production, the most he ever say is that he doesn’t care whether people watch it.
The suddenness and completeness of the switch also surprised many, including those who blasted Jones for his perspective.
ABC speculated, “If we wants to stay in Hollywood, he may have some problems.”
The network quoted Matt Webb Mitovich of TVLine.com: “Some may admire his strong opinion and indication of taste, while other prospective employers might worry that he’ll sound off on their project if he deems it not up to snuff. Plus, his viewpoint is inevitable tainted by the fact that the has shown no problem collecting $300,000 for his role in disseminating what he has called ‘filth.'”
Christopher Hudson, on whose ForeRunner Chronicles Jones’ testimony was posted, said that a relationship with Jesus Christ “is not something you can leave at home or pack in your purse or put in your book bag. It’s your life.”
He said Jones will have a choice, telling ABC, “No man can serve two masters. It’s one or the other.”
Vitagliano said there are many other Christians in Hollywood, and they typically move into a project with their eyes open about what it means. Jones, however, started his work on the show as a child.
“It is a bit of an anomaly,” he said. “I can’t remember a case of someone who comes out and says, ‘I’m on a show and it’s filth.'”
He said when Jones was 9 or 10 years old, at the beginning of his work there, he probably didn’t even understand some of the double meanings and innuendo.
Now it’s different.
“Let’s say he is seeing the show for the very first time with eyes that have been opened by the Holy Spirit,” he said.
Jones, who has been reported attending a Seventh Day Adventist church, said many Christians “don’t like to think about how deceptive the enemy is. He’s been doing this for a lot longer than any of us have been around.”
He continued, “There’s no playing around when it comes to eternity.”
The show’s former star, Charlie Sheen, has been the focus of a number of show-related controversies, including in 2006 when his character belted out boasts of his sexual exploits to the tune of the Christmas carol “Joy to the World.”