Angus T. Jones sort of apologizes for complaining about ‘Two and a Half Men’

Yesterday, we discussed the Angus T. Jones situation. Angus was seen on a “video testimonial” for his evangelical (?) church, publicly bad-mouthing his show, Two and a Half Men. Angus called the show “filth” and declared “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.” I’m pretty laissez faire about everyone’s religious beliefs, and I don’t understand why everyone is like “OMG, the kid is part of a Christian cult!” Maybe he is, maybe he isn’t. Whatever is going on, it’s his business. My only criticism of Angus is that he’s a terrible hypocrite for cashing his Two and a Half Men checks all while bad-mouthing his show to his church. I mean, obviously, his show is total crap. But if he’s going to whine about it to his church, he should stop taking the “dirty” money.

Well, yesterday there was some back and forth amongst various “sources” and Chuck Lorre, the creator and executive producer of Two and a Half Men, seemed to be giving Angus some space to publicly clarify his comments. I guess Lorre is still licking his wounds from the Charlie Sheen mess (where both Chuck and Charlie came across like total a—holes), so there were no big public attacks on Angus. Angus got the message, and he sort of apologized. It’s one of those “I’m sorry you were offended, I’m sorry if you took my words the wrong way” non-apologies though. Here’s Angus’s full statement:

“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 and over the past ten years 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.”

[From TMZ]

Can this be over now? I think his apology (-ish) was good enough. I don’t believe that Angus was misquoted or taken out of context in his video testimonial, I think he was saying how he really feels, but I think this “apology” is also how he feels too – that he’s happy to be employed, and he enjoyed his years on Two and a Half Men. I don’t know, maybe I’m giving him too much credit. He’s only 19 years old, and he’s trying to find his way, and it’s getting messy.

Charlie Sheen has had a lot to say about this mess too, claiming that Angus is part of a cult and Charlie blames Chuck Lorre. Sheen said, “Obviously, not having been there for some time, the Angus T. Jones that I knew and still love is not the same guy I saw on YouTube yesterday. I dare anyone to spend ten years in the laugh-track that is Chuck Lorre’s hive of oppression and not suffer some form of an emotional tsunami.” Say what you will about Charlie’s crackheadedness (and you can say a lot), but the man has a way with words. I love “hive of oppression”. That’s an excellent turn of phrase.

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  1. bettyrose says:

    I’ve only watched the show in reruns, so I don’t have a perfect sense of the timeline, but it seems to me that at some point Angus lost a huge amount of weight. Maybe it was just babyfat, but is it possible he was put under the same pressure to starve himself that a starlet would have been? Maybe he’s suffering from low blood sugar.

    • Esmom says:

      Lol. I’ve seen photos of him from over the years too and to me it seems like typical babyfat/puberty weight fluctuations.

      My teen son went through a phase when he was 10-11 where he was bordering on chunky but then he shot up about 6 inches and is now lean and lanky. But his eating/activity patterns are mostly the same.

      Then again, it is Hollywood, so an eating disorder is totally plausible.

  2. Esmom says:

    Omg, lmao. Brilliant comment from Sheen.

    *wipes tears*

    Angus, though, I don’t know. I feel sorry for the kid. He is clearly in a vulnerable place and has lots of money, which can be a dangerous combo. Hopefully he has people in his life he can really trust.

  3. Bonfire Beach says:

    I think this kid is going to end up as a child star tragedy, which is a shame.

  4. Elceibeno08 says:

    Ungrateful little bastard. I couldn’t believe the same church that brainwashed him claimed no responsibility for Angu’s little religious spat.

    • Jules says:

      I am not shocked. It’s typical of that mindset. Preach personal responsibility, but never take it for yourself.

    • erika says:

      seriously…

      Hey Angus,

      Sweety, if 2 1/2 men is of the devils spawn then so is the $350,000K (!!!!!!) you make for EACH lousy episode!

      No no no! DO NOT associate yourself w/ the devil’s currency! you should give away every single dime you ever made off the show…to save your soul.

      little S***t.

      i knew kids like this in HS. The big druggy, trouble causers, something ‘tragic’ happens in their life due to druggy/delinquent life and they turn to ‘God’ all of a sudden and get super Jesus preachy preachy good boy/good girl.

      Angus is reaching out to this church because he needs a place where he feels he belongs. whether that be his old druggy/high life or bible thumping now.

      no spine.

  5. Ming says:

    I’m so dissapointed when TV actors don’t fight their righteous crusade till they get fired, move to Canada and start a blog about how banana America is.

    • Mia 4S says:

      Oh dear, Michael Moriarty. Now THAT was a breakdown. I think that was definitely due to mental and substance abuse issues so I have a certain sympathy. This kid obviously got read the riot act and from what I’ve read his parents have some arrests in their past. I think this one has the potential to end badly.

      • Ming says:

        Michael Moriarty and his rants that start with “Miles Davis doesn’t make good music anymore”, shifting into “Dick Wolf, that bastard” and end with “Obama WTF !”

        Angus T. Jones is just another Draco Malfoy, a kid repeating what the adults say. I won’t judge a teenager growing up in showbusiness.

        And I won’t judge Michael Moriarty, he’s harmless. Except when I watched a Law & Order behind the scenes DvD Special. Like…what the fuck Ben Stone, what the fuck !?

      • Mia 4S says:

        Moriarty also tended to swing back and forth on whether he quit or was fired. The stories from behind the scenes on Law and Order are endlessly “entertaining”. Don’t start googling, you will lose the day.

        The problem for Moriarty (and most stars who pull stunts and get the boot) is he lost his relevance when he lost the show. The show became more popular, won awards, and Sam Waterston was fantastic and is apparently a sweetheart; so very quickly no one on or off the show cared about Moriarty anymore. Caruso, Long; all cautionary tales.

      • Ming says:

        Dick Wolf shouldn’t have fired Richard Brooks, Jill Hennessy couldn’t mend his broken heart.

  6. judyjudy says:

    WTF is up with Kutcher’s scarecrow hat in that last pic?

  7. aims says:

    Though im not a huge fan of religon, there could be worse things he could had turned to. So, yeah he shouldn’t had bad mouthed the show that has made him millions, but at least he’s not drugging or caught underage drinking.Just hope hes nor giving this church a lot of money

  8. stellalovejoydiver says:

    “I think he was saying how he really feels, but I think this “apology” is also how he feels too – that he’s happy to be employed, and he enjoyed his years on Two and a Half Men”… I think this apology is how his publicist feels.

    This Frontrunner shit may not be a cult, but the guy who was in that video with him, has some really strange beliefs:

    The man who appears in the video in which the “Two and a Half Men” star called his show “filth” has a long history and loyal following.

    The emergence of Angus T. Jones’ video testimonial for religious group the Forerunner Chronicles — in which he trashed Two and a Half Men as “filth” and said he no longer wanted to act on the CBS sitcom — came as a shock. But the man behind the Christian organization has long been at odds with Hollywood, pop culture and liberal America.

    Christopher Hudson, who calls himself the Forerunner, is a Seventh-day Adventist who is famous for the fiery sermons he gives in YouTube videos. In 2009, he gained notice for publishing online a documentary called The Jay-Z Deception, in which he accused the rap star of being a Freemason who released his Blueprint albums to celebrate his journey up the ranks of the organization and his links with Satan. He also says Kanye West and Rihanna are part of the conspiracy.
    As Hudson alleged in an interview in 2009, Satan is “using mediums like the music and the fashion industry, which are enticing to us on a very base level, dealing with our senses to draw us out of a reasonable, rational relationship with God.”
    In The Jay-Z Deception, he says: “The Blueprint albums are markers in obtaining degrees in the secret organization known as the Freemasons.” The 2001 first album, he alleged, marked Jay-Z’s acceptance into the organization, while the second album a year later marked his step up in the group. He said the third album — released seven years after The Blueprint 2 — marked the rapper’s obtaining of the Third Degree in the organization, which meant that he could lead lodge meetings.
    Hudson was very much opposed to President Obama’s re-election, and afterward posted a video urging supporters to open their eyes to the coming menaces of gay marriage, marijuana legalization and the damage done by Hurricane Sandy.
    In 2011, he claimed that reports of the death of Osama bin Laden were part of a conspiracy and that the terrorist mastermind had been dead since 2007. In 2009, Hudson released a video in which he called masturbation an “unnatural act.” In the video, called “Voice of a Prophesy,” Jones said that he is still a virgin.
    The actor described turning to religion during his parents’ divorce, after experimenting with drugs.
    “When I look back now, I see that … the enemy was trying to push me in a different direction,” Jones said. “But God … pulled me out right at the last second.”
    Hudson has also claimed that the death of Michael Jackson was a conspiracy, calling it a cover-up for the pope’s proposing a “new world order.” He said the pop star’s July 7, 2009, memorial service was a distraction for Pope Benedict XVI’s call — in a document issued that same day — for a global political body to help pull the world out of the economic crisis

    Read more at ONTD: http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/73760136.html#ixzz2DWiCAb1X

    I feel for Angus because he seems to search something that keeps him grounded, but he is looking for that at the wrong place.

  9. Dani says:

    I see him going down the same lane as Corey Haim. Sad.

  10. Beth says:

    Ugh. I have always hated that show. I’m 32 and even I’m not old enough for that garbage.

    I had a neighbor whose children played with mine and she let them watch that show, they were elementary aged. So when the son said some dirty things to my kid, I wasn’t all that surprised, but the adults’ friendship was effectively over. Such irresponsible parenting.

    He’s right, this show is filth. That’s not new information. But I agree with Kaiser. He obviously doesn’t hate it that much if he’s cashing the checks.

    • LeslieM says:

      You are so right! I can’t believe any mother would allow their kids to watch that show. Would you want your kids to immolate the characters they see there, both men and women? I applaud him for both of his statements. He’s obviously seeking a way out of all the garbage.

      • PrettyTarheel says:

        I’m going to guess you were bitten by auto-correct, that sneaky b*tch.
        Emulate: Match or surpass by imitation
        Immolate: Kill or sacrifice, especially by burning.

        I’m sure people occasionally want to immolate episodes of the show, but probably not the characters.

  11. Diva says:

    The show sucked after Charlie left (it wasn’t great before) maybe he was just trying to get out of his contract or something. I don’t blame him. The money may be great but working with Ashton and Jon week after week would make me crazy too.

  12. Diane says:

    This kid has enough money to last a lifetime (if he is wise) so I don’t feel sorry for him. I lost interested in Two & A Half Men way before the Charlie melt down but Angus has been on the show less and less over the years. Let the kid go. Then see how he likes it!

  13. Jen says:

    I’m not sure why everyone is acting so crazy over this guy and what he has to say. This is America…we are supposed to have free religion and free speech. Good for him for speaking up for what he believes in and not following the norm for Hollywood. How is this “sort of” an apology? If you look at his statement he clearly apologized, which he shouldn’t have to do in the first place anyway. So what if he offends Hollywood for having a different belief system than they do? At least he does have convictions and beliefs, which is more than I can say for most Americans.

    • Esmom says:

      Yes of course he’s entitled to worship how he wants and say whatever he likes. I think people are upset at the hypocrisy of him saying his show is filth and telling people not to watch it, while still collecting a hefty paycheck from it.

      You’re right in that he doesn’t owe any of us an apology. But if he wants to keep his job it seemed that an apology was in order.

    • Sweet Dee says:

      You’re right, Jen, but free speech goes both ways. So if you have a view that is unpopular or hypocritical, you should expect backlash like the kind he got. Freedom of speech and religion never guaranteed freedom from judgment, and that’s the idea–the free exchange of opinions. He expressed his and by doing so publicly, he opened himself the opinions of others. This really should not be surprising.

      • Jen says:

        ITA with you. Everyone has a right to their opinion.

        The thing is, Christianity is not popular (anymore) and I have seen so many people bash the Christian faith just because they don’t agree with it or don’t understand it. There is always going to be a difference of opinion, but it is the way that people present their views about Christian’s that irk me. Agree or disagree, but there is no need to be hateful to a 19 year old kid just because he believes differently.

        If you need proof of this Christian bashing look at pretty much all of the comments on this site. Look at TMZ also…they are the worst.

      • Sweet Dee says:

        I’m aware of the “bashing” you’re talking about, but I think it’s just because that is by far the most prominent religion in our country, and has the loudest members, so they receive the most backlash.

        Also, no matter what you think of ANY religion, each one is really inconsistent and suffers a lack of admitting their own faults and atrocities. People are just wising up to the fact that religion is archaic and backwards.

  14. Vibius says:

    You mean his agent apologized. This reeks of PR.

  15. oliveo says:

    I understand the “biting the hand that feeds you” accusation, but my gosh, he’s 19! 19, really rich, somewhat lonely, I’d think, and trying to find answers as many college-aged kids do. How many rants and raves did each of us have when we were 19 about how much we hated our parents, our childhoods, etc– we just didn’t have them circulated around the internet. He’s a kid, and I think that with a PR statement like this, CBS will understand and move on if Angus wants to stay on the show.

  16. KellyinSeattle says:

    He looks like a cabbage patch doll. That being said, I wish him well. I hate that show though (jokes about farts, poop, ect)…maybe Gerda (?) – the awnry maid on the show, will set him straight. Anyway, the further that a young man (or woman) can get away from Charlie Sheen, the better. I’m pissed that Jon Cryer won an award for his acting.

  17. Lucy2 says:

    That sounds like a publicist’s apology, but at least it was made. I just can’t stand the “if I offended” apologies- when you call someone’s work “filth” there’s no “if” about it disrespecting them.
    Doesn’t seem like a bad kid, but rather someone looking for some guidance and finding it in someone who has their own agenda and doesn’t have his best interests at heart.

  18. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    “Say what you will about Charlie’s crackheadedness (and you can say a lot), but the man has a way with words. I love “hive of oppression”. That’s an excellent turn of phrase.”

    Agreed. CS is about as radical as they come…but somewhere under all that is a smart cookie. Very clever..which it’s crazy to think what his brain could be capable of without the the years of drug abuse.

  19. WTF says:

    Poor Angus sounds like he’s being brainwashed…

  20. emma says:

    “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.”

    So…. what exactly DID he intend with those statements?