'Two and a Half Men' teenage actor apologises after calling show 'filth'
THE highly-paid teenage star of one of America's most popular sitcoms has apologised after denouncing his own show as "filth" in a religious rant.
Angus T Jones, the 19-year-old star of CBS comedy "Two and a Half Men", pleaded with viewers not to watch the show in an episode that has rivaled former colleague Charlie Sheen's meltdown as an off-screen drama.
Speaking to religious media outlets, Jones called the show - which made him the highest-paid child actor on US television - "filth" and "very inappropriate".
Yesterday he issued a statement apologising to his colleagues.
"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," he said. "I never intended that."
Jones wasn't at the studio lot for a rehearsal yesterday and is not scheduled to appear on the two episodes that are being filmed before the end of the year, according to the Associated Press.
His character has recently joined the Army and his airtime has been cut down.
In the video posted on the Christian website the Forerunner Chronicles by the Forerunner Christian Church, in Fremont, California, Jones said: "If you watch Two and a Half Men, please stop watching. I'm on Two and a Half Men and I don't want to be on it.
"Please stop watching it and filling your head with filth. People say it's just entertainment.
"Do some research on the effects of television and your brain, and I promise you you'll have a decision to make when it comes to television and especially with what you watch on television. It's bad news."
He adds: "If I am doing any harm, I don't want to be here. I don't want to be contributing to the enemy's plan.
"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 the video the teenager talks about being a Seventh Day Adventist and how he has become strict in his observance of the religion, which teaches that Saturday is the Sabbath and believes in the imminent second coming of Christ.
Sitting alongside Jones in the video is Christopher Hudson who, according to the TMZ news website, has made other videos for the Forerunner Chronicles in which he says that he believes the rap singer Jay-Z is a Freemason with ties to the devil and that President Barack Obama's pro-gay agenda has similarities to Hitler.
After hearing his comments Jones' mother Carey Jones, 42, is reported to have said she was "concerned he's being exploited by the church."
In a radio broadcast, "The Voice of Prophecy," recorded for the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Jones' birthday in October, Jones described his religious path. He has been attending a Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Los Angeles area.
Jones said he felt drawn to God after a tough time in his life when his parents were going through a divorce and he experimented with drugs.
"I never drank," he said. "That was one thing God protected me from, and I'm still a virgin. God protected me from those things."
Jones said that "it's very weird that I'm on a television show, especially now that I am trying to walk with God. My television show has nothing to do with God and doesn't want anything to do with God." Still, he said he had no plans to get out of his contract.
In another interview posted on Tuesday with Christianity Today, Jones described himself as a "paid hypocrite."
"Even though it's my job to be an actor, I have given my life to God," he said. "I am very comfortable and firm in that, but I still have to be on this show. It's the No. 1 comedy, but it's very inappropriate and the themes are very inappropriate. I have to be this person I am not."
A spokesman for CBS, the television station behind Two and a Half Men, refused to comment on the video.
The show is based around Jones' character Jake and his father Alan, played by actor Jon Cryer. Charlie Sheen had played Jake's uncle Charlie, but he left the programme in 2011 following much-publicised drug problems and a falling out with the show's creator. He was replaced by Ashton Kutcher, who plays billionaire Walden.
The show is the third most popular comedy on US television, behind only The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family.