‘Two and a Half Men’: Angus T. Jones’ Rant & Apology Explained – Why You Shouldn’t Care

Published 2 years ago by , Updated December 1st, 2012 at 4:44 am,

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On Monday, a religious video featuring Two and a Half Men star Angus T. Jones was released online. In it, the (now adult) actor referred to the show as ‘filth’ and told people to stop watching. At first, everyone, including Jones, remained silent on the matter. Now, Jones has released a statement, apologizing to his co-workers for his comments. And because you know you want hear it, Charlie Sheen also stepped in to give his thoughts about his former co-star’s statements.

However, if we’re all being honest honest here, this entire thing is being blown out of proportion – but we’ll get to that later. First, the apology.

In a statement released to Deadline (below), Jones doesn’t attempt to explain the comments that he made, although he does make sure to apologize to his co-workers for giving the appearance that he doesn’t appreciate them:

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.

While some fans may complain that Jones didn’t actually apologize for the comments he made, Jones’ statement essentially contains everything that he actually needs to apologize for – and nothing more. Although Jones may have criticized the content of Two and a Half Men, calling it “filth,” it appears the actor realized that his comments, though clearly defining his feelings towards the show, were inappropriate to make in such a public manner, catching his co-workers off-guard.

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Even though the show Two and a Half Men has been at the center of recent displays of actor unhappiness, it’s not the first show to have an unhappy actor – you just don’t hear about. In fact, it’s not even the only show on the air that has had to deal with it.

While any small issue could be made into something serious, these are the most common issues actors have: their role (and its size), the content/quality of the show (and their control over it), and their co-workers. The latter of which often occurs over time, though it has been known to happen from the start. Numb3rs star David Krumholtz revealed on Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show (Link) that he and co-star Rob Morrow weren’t exactly enjoying each other’s company in the series’ later seasons.

In Jones’ case, it’s completely different – even if it appears to be similar to some of those above. In this instance, we are talking about an actor who joined the series at 10-years-old and has been working in the same environment for almost a decade. If anyone is even able to remember how they were at the age of 10, I’m sure (or hope) that it’s not the same person you were at the age of 19. After enjoying so many TV and films which depict the iconic “coming of age story,” one does begin to wonder why, in this real-life instance, people have so many issues with it. Jones isn’t the only person in the world to be unhappy with their job, even if he does make a substantial living from it.

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To help put to rest many unneeded comments, here are some responses to the issues people bring up:

“Quit the show!” – He’s under contract for the season. Warner Bros. would have to release him from his contract.

“Give back the money!” – Does everyone who is unhappy with their job give back the money they earned?

“[Insert a religious reference here]“ – Even if religion wasn’t a part of it, a child who joins a show at the age of 10 doesn’t know the type of person they will be, or how they will feel, when they become an adult – which Jones now is.

Of course, if you just came here looking for Charlie Sheen to make some entertaining comments about what Jones had to say, you won’t be disappointed. Initially, Sheen told People Magazine that Two and a Half Men is “cursed.” Sheen then went on to make a reference (or joke – who knows) about the religious cult Heaven’s Gate. But that’s not the type of Sheen you want to hear from, so here’s what he had to say to TMZ:

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 [Monday]. 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.

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Sure, Sheen’s comments do fall in the vein of what you’d expect to hear from the actor – but they aren’t exactly incorrect, once you take out all of the sensationalism. 10 seasons on any show, even without Chuck Lorre, is extremely difficult for any actor, let alone someone going through adolescence. While it’s true that the main cast of Two and a Half Men probably won’t ever have to worry about money again, thanks to residuals from syndication, working on a single show can be extremely draining. Sure, you may still enjoy watching the show for 30 minutes each week, but that same 30 minutes takes an entire week to create. After 209 shows, a change in taste or unhappiness can happen – especially when you’re growing up, like Jones. Religion may be an element that helped Jones focus his tastes and interests, but it’s still simply a person who is unhappy with what he’s doing.

Yes, it probably would have been better if Jones simply explained his displeasure with Lorre directly, but you can’t change the past. Still, Jones’ apology, while not pleasing everyone, does show that his true intent was not to hurt those he worked with but to explain how he currently felt about where he was at in life. Can you remember all of those other Angus T. Jones controversies over the years? No, because there haven’t been any – and he’s been in the public eye for almost 10 years.

We’ll have to wait and see how Jones’ actions impact his involvement in the series. Currently, Jones isn’t expected to be in a new episode of Two and a Half Men until it 2013 – which has nothing to do with what he said, as they were already filmed. Unless we hear anything else (which is unlikely), expect Jones’ issues with the series to be dealt with internally, as they should be.

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Two and a Half Men airs Thursday @8:30pm on CBS

Source: Deadline; TMZ; Kevin Pollack’s Chat Show; People Magazine

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  1. That was not his “apology” that was his agent and publicists “apology”

    • Exactly. Some paid PR hack was drafted for emergency duty to do damage control. The kid is just a ignorant ingrate.

      • What means the kid is ignorant ?
        He has a right to speak his mind,of course he has to deal with the consequences ! But my respect to him…for doing so !
        Most people just shut up and keep it to them self !
        Well done Boy !

        • the dude is a hypocrite. He takes some moral high ground and says dont watch the show. So if you really want people to stop watching stop making the show.

          The creators of this show gave this kid his meal ticket, and in result he doesn’t have to work for the rest of his life. I understand he found god and all, and good for him. If he isn’t OK w/ the shows content any longer, walk away from the show. Then Ill be fine w/ what he said. But instead he decided to keep collecting his million dollar paychecks and just tell people not to watch it. Biting the hand that feeds you makes you the biggest douche regardless of the circumstances.

          • pretty sure he is under contract and cant just quit the show, he has to be released or risk legal action being taken against him.

  2. Good op-ed piece. Thank you.

  3. Well, at least someone agrees with me here.

    I’ve been saying those exact things in response to criticisms aimed at Angus since it first broke.

    At the end of the day, just because somebody in television is unhappy with what they’re doing, why treat it any differently to someone unhappy at their factory job?

    I also ascribe to the “I don’t care about personal lives, just entertain me on screen” mentality that others these days seem to be lacking, which is unfortunate.

    • It’s just an untactful thing to say about a show one is currently working on. If I work at a shoe store, how does it make sense if I go on public record as telling people not to shop at this shoe store because it’s rotten and then go to work the next day? In reality, I work at a hospital, and I have signed a contract barring me from making public comment about the hospital or else I will be terminated. His disingenuous comments should have been left until he quit the show, but I guess reason was undermined by religious compulsion.

    • Because the factory worker doesn’t get paid the money he does and more importantly the factory worker earned his job. Angus Jones wouldn’t have a job if people didn’t watch the show. By criticizing the show and calling it filth demeans not only the people in the show up also the people watching it. I didn’t see an apology to his fans who keep the show on the air, which is more than telling.

  4. Very well-written article about how to reasonably look at the events that have unfolded regarding Angus T. Jones. I appreciate the non-judgmental tone, especially in regards to his religion. Much respect to you, Mr. Ocasio.

  5. That’s a cop out apology. The problem with his statements is that he’s telling people to not partake in a product he is working on because of his personal beliefs, potentially ruing jobs for those behind the scenes. If he wants to tell his friends or people who share his same beliefs that’s one thing. But he could show some professionalism and wait it out. He needs to keep his emotions out of the professional world.

  6. Just a few responses to this well written article. First, I am a teacher, and if I publically denounce my school in the same way that Jones did, I would be fired. Second, I could care less if he hates his job, and I could care less that he publicly complained about it. I think the issue that people are overlooking (and this may not have been the point with this article, so I appologize), is that this kid has gone to the extreme with his religious views. No, being a devout Christian and not approving of what you deem to be inappopriate television is NOT extreme. However, believing that the government is trying to brainwash everyone, Jay-Z raps about the occult, our groceries are radioactive, and professional athletes breed homosexuality IS extreme. Don’t think he buys into that stuff, check out Forerunners website. It is nothing short of a cult. Scary stuff.

    • well, I heard from the news that the church Angus supports has nothing to do with the black guy’s cult, THANK GOD!! I’m a Christian and when I saw some of his vids, they’re just so weird.

    • Nucelar industry propaganda agent detected

      • You’re a tool. What jason said is correct. I checked out that forerunner website.

        gop puppet detected.

        • Yes, but a tool of WHOM?????

          DUN DUN DUUNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Oh sorry, I didn’t read your whole comment.

    • Scary stuff is also when school teachers don’t know the difference between ‘could care less’ and ‘couldn’t care less’. Makes you wonder what they’re teaching our kids.

      • GOD SAVE THE QUEEN

      • Hah, I thought the same thing reading that. But that mistake is all over the internet so it’s almost as if people have accepted it as correct.

    • It isn’t just Jay-Z, Illuminati symbolism or what ever you want to call it is absolutely everywhere in our society’s pop cultural mass media. Check out this website called VigilantCitizen.com. They explain all of the connections to an elitist agenda and everything from pushing transhumanism to MK Ultra mind control experiments and celebrity deaths(ritual sacrifices) If you read the signs you will quickly realize that this world is run by a sinister dark force that has an obsession with arrogantly placing everything in plain sight. And after reading all of it? Ask yourself a really simple question. If there is no such thing as the Illuminati or occult societies, why is our society’s media saturated with the same symbols over and over again? And why aren’t these artists and filmmakers held accountable for putting triangles and checkerboards and upside down crosses and encircled pentagrams in everything they do? And if those things aren’t present, why does everything we see nowadays have to do with either immortality, dystopian post-apocalyptic worlds, death worshipping, violence, sexualization or mind control?

  7. Isn’t it possible that it is not the job itself that Angus has a problem with? You have to understand where he is coming from here. He has recently found God and to be a true Christian really requires you to leave parts of your old life behind. I agree with Angus that the show is nothing but filth. You cannot find an episode without sexual content. I think that if Two and a Half Men were to morph into a show that displayed family values then Angus would gladly be supportive of the show. I commend Angus for taking a stand. Clearly it is something that has become problematic for Angus. I think he is having problems with reconciling his newfound beliefs with his job. He is not the first Christian to go through this but certainly one of the most public. If the show continues without him it should be re-titled Two Middle Aged Sleazy Men.

    • Same here. And Angus’ church has nothing to do with the black guy’s church THANKFULLY!! I also saw his vids and he just creeps me out. @_@

  8. So…he’s not going to be pushed in front of a train? Very well-written article Anthony Ocasio. I appreciated and agree with your view on this situation.

  9. I just wanted to agree with the previous comments which talked about how well written this article was. I appreciate the authors sensitivity to the subject and how he spoke on both sides of the argument.

    Thank you Sir for the professionalism

  10. Great piece, and for the most part I agree.

    I think he apologised for what he needed to apologise for – I don’t think anyone would have bought it anyway if he had apologised for his current opinion of the show.

    He obviously isn’t obligated to return the money he made off the show – he was paid for acting, not for liking the show. But I also can’t really see how he can tenably stay on the show, if he disapproves of it so much now. BUT I think there’s no legal basis for firing him, unless his contract somehow stipulated that he wouldn’t do such a thing. It’s just about operating in good faith – and how is he going to show up on set, seeing the producers and writers and other actors, with everyone knowing he strongly disapproves of the show? And I still maintained I’m annoyed by how it just looks like a young man making big proclamations as though he’s suddenly discovered the meaning behind life or something.

    Still, have to hand it to him for giving proper courtesy to his co-workers (whom, to be fair, he never criticised at all) and I hope the matter will just be dropped after this – he should have nothing to add to the conversation, and neither do we.

    Thanks for a great piece, again.

  11. Yes leaving religion out of it, he might have come to feel this way anyhow, but his change of heart is characteristic of something we’ve all seen many times before. Take Vanity for instance; she’s a preacher now. Wild youth, fast times, too much spotlight, whatever; Kirk Cameron’s another example.
    I’m not weighing in on the value or truth of religion as a source of meaning in life, but on a predictable reaction to the excesses of showbusiness.
    Not every judgmental comment springs from religious people, but calling something “filth” fits a pattern. Whatever happened to “judge not lest ye be judged” anyway?

  12. “but it’s still simply a person who is unhappy with what he’s doing.”

    I can’t believe you have sympathy for this brat. First, statistics show that the vast majority of people are not happy in their jobs. However, the vast majority of people are not being paid 7 million dollars a year to ham it up in front of a camera and achieve worldwide fame. Yet they suck it up and go to work, grateful that they’re not unemployed.

    The only possible defence of this kid is that he’s too young, too inexperienced and too spoiled to know how lucky he is. He should have lunch with other has-been child stars like Todd Bridges, Macauley Caulkin or the Cosby Kids and being so religious, thank God for the good fortune he has.

    • Nobody’s happy but he’s lucky that he’s rich?

      Too bad he’s probably too uptight to enjoy that money!

  13. The only reason he gave was that the show was filth and he can’t be a “God fearing Christian” will working on the show. He didn’t say anything about Chuck Lorre of any of the garbage you just wrote. I’m sure he could get out of his contract if he kept talking or just stop showing up since he have such big convictions. He could get sued but isn’t god watching over him? Or isn’t being a god fearing Christian more important than money? Most people that are unhappy with their job doesn’t make a video and sends it to all of the company’s clients. This is what this kid did. He told CBS clients not to consume their product because it has ties to the devil. It just seems like you feel guilty for what you wrote on your original piece. Bottom line the kid is unprofessional and inconsiderate to his coworkers that saw him as part of their family.

  14. People rip actors online all the time if they say something about a project that may not agree with fans. While I appreciate the sentiment of this authors article it really doesn’t negate the fact that this site and many others posted the story (presumably for people to react), and people did. The Chevy Chase article comments are way more brutal than most of the ones about this story were, that’s the nature of this type of public forum.

    Jones has a right to his opinion and I actually agree with him to an extent. I never found that show to be all that funny, and if he had of just said he had outgrown certain aspects of the show and it’s material nothing would have probably been said about it. What put him in the cross-hairs was telling people not to watch the show, which in a way is the same as people telling him to quit or give the money he made back, and it ticks off the hand that feeds him. Even if he just said he didn’t watch the show himself, I doubt it would have turned many heads. But then again when Hugo Weaving made less biting remarks about his voice work on the Transformers some people here called for his head in a similar manner.

  15. At least he is becoming religious and not a coked up homeless broke drug addict like most child stars.

  16. This is just part of the reason why kid actors dont do so well in the spotlight. I dont fault Angus….it wasnt his choice to prob even get into acting, most kids are goaded into it by overbearing parents. (Think Michael Jackson)

    To call him ungrateful is highly insensitive & not understanding that hes a child. & children are not gonna know what they want right off the jump. the sad truth is his parents exploited him for over ten years & now are mad because hes a fully actualizing adult.

    • He is 20 years old, not a child!!

    • He didn’t go from child actor to adult star over night…he might have been forced to do it for the first few years but at the age of 14, 15, 16 your not legally an adult but your no kid…he’s had years to take off and didn’t because of 8 mill a year.

  17. So obviously not written by Angus, what a knucklehead.

  18. At this point it’s not about the actors unhappiness…I’m sure if he took it in stride people would giving him a chance to explain..but the kid said straight up do not watch the show…I don’t care how many apologies you have your publicist write, if your wishful statement came true and everyone stopped watching your intentionally hurting everyone who has made you a career. you keep saying he’s an adult, so he should act like one and keep his rich mouth shut

  19. Chuck Lorre is the devil! Seriously though people can have an opinion but if someone speaks up about their unhappiness they get criticized for it. Angus may make more money than most of us but that doesn’t take away the fact he is still a human being and he still has thoughts and feelings just like everyone else. Kudos to him for speaking up whether he should have done it or not.

  20. actually i truly dont

  21. He based his WHOLE entire critism of the show based on his religious views. “god fearing Christian” you say? Why must you “fear god” isn’t it we “love god” why fear? Wtf Dolan.

    Angus T. Jones 120% did NOT write that apology statement. As states above it WAS , in fact, 120% written by someone at CBS. Come on, dude is articulately correct with the grammar police, and he has PARAGRAPHS?! holy s***.

    Listen, if he denounced the show, he should completely END his contract with CBS, there are ways to end a contract, and have been for decades (see: Edward Norton – “The Incredible Hulk”). There has to be some sort of statement in his contract that makes him able to get out of it. He’s got BILLIONS (MILLIONS) of dollars (actually, probably thousands) that he could use to get a decent Hollywood Lawyer.

    If you really Loath the show, then why’d you re-instate your contract when you were say.. 17-15, you have common sense (kinda).

    • Plus, when he was that age, where were his parentS, I’m sure they had to sign off on him being on the show?

      Sorry if my text above seems stupid, half asleep/awake right now.

  22. This show cannot last much longer. Angus was cast as a cute little round faced boy, who, as he grew up, became less and less desireable as a character. This can certainly be confirmed by the show’s producers as his character is seen less and less often as the show goes on.
    But the bottom line is that the show really tanked once they lost Charlie Sheen. The show was based on the conflict of personalities of the two brothers. Replacing Charlie with Waldon created a character who was more like Jon Cryer’s character than Charlie. The conflict was gone. And both characters’ girlfriends are crazy bitches who are no fun to watch.

  23. Well allow me to retort:

    “10 seasons on any show, even without Chuck Lorre, is extremely difficult for any actor, let alone someone going through adolescence.” – True but getting 6 figures an episode should make it ALOT eaiser. Especially when you’re not in every scene. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you kid.

    ““Quit the show!” – He’s under contract for the season. Warner Bros. would have to release him from his contract” C’mon man!! He could force his way out of the contract by not showing up to work. It could get ugly but not as ugly as what they went through with Charlie Sheen.

    ““Give back the money!” – Does everyone who is unhappy with their job give back the money they earned?” Nope they don’t, but Angus brought religion into it. There are several passages in Matthew and Mark that state if wealth or material objects are interferring with your realationship with God than get rid of your money or objects. Matthew 18:8-18:9, Matthew 19:24, Mark 9:27. That’s where “give the money back” is coming from.

    People shoud remember that he’s 19 and 19 yr olds make bad decisions and don’t always handle things well.

  24. Anthony Ocasio, this article is complete crap. Don’t quit your day job. Or if this IS ur day job, quit it and become homeless. OR stick to giving us facts and keep ur opinions to urself.

    We’re don’t want to understand Jones’ “feelings”. We don’t care if it takes a week to make a 30 min episode. If I could spend a week unhappily filming a TV episode and get half a million dollars for it I would do it in a heartbeat. We all have jobs we hate. But the difference is, we have to pay our bills every month and we don’t make 8 million dollars a year like Jones.

    So I don’t think his comments are “blown out of proportion”. He should focus on doing things in his spare time that make him happy and I think we can all agree that should’nt be too hard with the amount of money he has. He can GO and DO and BUY whatever he wants. So I think he should be FU CKING grateful for what he has which he is clearly not. A damage-control-apology doesn’t count.

  25. I am so tired of these celebrities acting like this. He clearly did not mind becoming a millionaire off that what he has called filth. I wonder if he is just si disgusted on how he made that money to make himself feel better should donate every penny of it to a charity. There are several million starving children here in the US alone they could use the money.that is how I would know he is serious donate every last penny and then we will see.

  26. This is really unfortunate. Obviously this has a great deal to do with religion and the guy Angus was with was from the Forerunner Chronicles. Basically it’s a guy who discusses the over-saturation of Illuminati symbolism and occult rituals that go on behind the scenes in the entertainment industry. One of the key factors in this discussion is the fact that Angus is under contract and that the issue is being dealt with internally. Two and a half men is a wildly popular TV show on one of the most powerful networks in the country…Angus’ experience is specific to the show but when you put it in the context of how the elitist agenda is being implemented through mass media it makes total sense why he would speak out in the name of Christianity with someone who knows a thing or two about the Illuminati and the subliminal triggers they place in plain sight. By talking to a conspiracy theorist personally and stating that there’s a point where you have to choose sides, Angus was basically saying he doesn’t want to be exploited by the sinister process that is going on. Some would say that this is career suicide. Yes that may be the truth. Angus knows that better than any of us and he makes it very clear that there is something wrong with our society’s pop culture. Again he directs his concerns toward the television side of the industry because that’s all he knows.

    • Huh? Keep it simple. He became a Christian. When that happens, you want to live for God. You want to do the right thing. Your spirit cries out to do the right thing and calls a spade a spade. In love. There is no agenda. He preaches now the bible. The truth. Conspiracy theorists? Illuminati? Good grief. Angus hasn’t been influenced by any of this. Listen to his testimony. Before becoming a Christian he was unsettled about continuing to do the show. He was at a crossroad. He had been raised in Christian schools. He knew right from wrong. He had people come across his path that got him closer and closer to where God wanted him to be. It’s that simple. Hear his story. It’s the truth. His feet landed right where God wanted him. God put him where he currently is and when God sees fit, Angus will move on from this morally corrupt show and it won’t be because of this. It will be because he’s now teaching bible studies, leading prayer groups and has a life that is way more important than Two and a Half Men. I’m sure his desire is to have influenced many before he leaves the show because there are many there that need God badly.

  27. Why does a person have to apologize after speaking the truth? Angus spoke the truth from his heart. The show is filth. He was 10 when he started. He didn’t realize filth until he had to make hard decisions for himself; money or morals. I had begun to wonder if anybody on the show had any. It seems there are a few that do. The show is falling apart at the seams. Angus does not need to say he’s sorry for telling the truth. Is that what this country has come to? You say what you feel that is fact and immediately you are either forced to recant that or lose a job. That sounds Islamic to me. Renounce your newfound faith or have your head cut off. Is this a third world country or American? The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. I do believe that our constitution protects our freedom of speech without having to apologize and recant statements when we speak the truth. I’m on Angus’ side. God is protecting him. All he needs to continue to do is be faithful.

  28. This article was actually a very refreshing look at the situation. One wise voice amongst the clamouring of idiots.