19-year-old Angus T. Jones, the “half” in CBS’s aging hit sitcom “Two and a Half Men,” has offered an apology for asking viewers to “please stop watching” the show on which he’s played a major role for a decade and saying “I don’t want to be on it. Please stop watching it, please stop filling your head with filth.” The statement, which was part of a testimonial YouTube video featuring Jones released by the religious website Forerunner Chronicle, has been all over the web in the last few days, drawing attention not just for the rarity of an actor speaking out against a show with which he’s still involved but because the show seems forever doomed to some kind of controversy, from former star Charlie Sheen’s meltdown and departure to co-creator Lee Aronsohn’s remarks about female-driven comedies back in April.
Through his PR firm, Jones has now released an apology for incident to Deadline, saying sorry “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”:
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.
Lucky for Jones, he’s going to be spared the immediate awkwardness of having to face all those coworkers after this fuss — according to The Hollywood Reporter, Jones happens to not be scheduled to appear in either of the two episodes remaining to be shot before the holiday hiatus, a plan that was in place before his video became viral.
You can watch his testimonial below: