Never bite the hand that feeds you.
Teenage actor Angus T. Jones of the comedy "Two and a Half Men," which once starred Latino actor Charlie Sheen, is apologizing for a series of interviews attacking his own show, at one point calling it "filth."
Jones issued a statement Tuesday saying he's sorry if his remarks reflected indifference to and disrespect of his colleagues and a lack of appreciation of his opportunities.
The 19-year-old star plays the son of actor Jon Cryer in the comedy. Jones has been giving a series of interviews detailing his religious awakening and distancing himself from his work.
Jones said in a video posted online by a Christian church that people should avoid watching the show.
“Please stop watching it,” said Jones. “Please stop filling your head with filth.”
Jones has been on the show, which used to feature bad-boy actor Charlie Sheen before he was killed off the show, since he was 10, but now says he wants to distance himself from it.
In the video posted by the Forerunner Christian Church in Fremont, Calif., Jones describes a search for a spiritual home. He says the type of entertainment he’s involved in adversely affects the brain and “there’s no playing around when it comes to eternity.”
“You cannot be a true God-fearing person and be on a television show like that,” he said. “I know I can’t. I’m not OK with what I’m learning, what the Bible says, and being on that television show.”
Jones plays Jake, the son of Jon Cryer’s uptight divorced chiropractor character, Alan, and the nephew of Sheen’s hedonistic philandering music jingle writer character, Charlie. Ashton Kutcher, who replaced Sheen, plays billionaire Walden.
According to the New York Daily News, Jones is one of the highest-paid teens in television and takes home around $8 million annually, about $350,000 per episode.
“I am under contract for another year so it is not too much of a decision on my part,” said Jones in the video. “I know God has me there for a reason for another year.”
The New York Daily News also reported Jones had a desire to “run away” and delve into drugs. However, he says God protected him from drinking and that he remains a virgin.
“Two and a Half Men” survived a wild publicity ride less than two years ago, when Sheen was fired for his drug use and publicly complained about the network and the show’s creator, Chuck Lorre. Sheen later said he wasn’t still angry at the sitcom’s producers and the network acknowledged he would have fired himself had he been in their shows.
The show was moved from Monday to Thursday this season, and its average viewership has dropped from 20 million an episode to 14.5 million, although last year’s numbers were somewhat inflated by the interest in Kutcher’s debut. It is the third most popular comedy on television behind CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” and ABC’s “Modern Family.”
The actors on “Two and a Half Men” have contracts that run through the end of this season. CBS and producer Warner Bros. Television had no comment Monday.
Based on reporting by the Associated Press