‘Two and a Half Men’ Star Says Stop Watching, Calls the Show ‘Filth’ – Is He Right?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated December 1st, 2012 at 4:45 am,


UPDATE (with Apology): Angus T. Jones’ Rant & Apology Explained – Why You Shouldn’t Care

After Charlie Sheen’s controversial exit from the series, Two and Half Men had a few good months of normality.  Now, series star Angus T. Jones – who plays the “half” in the series title – has few things to say about the show he grew up on (and still works on). Specifically, he considers the show “filth” and wants people stop watching. Why? Because he doesn’t want to be on it anymore.

Jones’ feelings about Two and a Half Men were revealed in a recently-released video testimonial for The Forerunner Chronicles (above – skip to 7:39), where Jones was speaking in-depth about  about the evolution of his religious beliefs. Deadline is reporting that Jones recently became very serious about his faith.

Here’s what Jones had to say about Two and a Half Men:

If you watch Two and a Half Men, please stop watching Two and a Half Men.

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…

These comments, which you’re likely to hear repeated most often, certainly do make Jones’ feelings about Two and a Half Men clear. However, Jones, who was 10 when he began working on the series, does go on to explain why he feels this way about this series:

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, especially with what you watch.

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.

Yes, the “enemy” probably refers to the Devil. But even if that is the case, Jones, now 19, is simply referencing the type of series that Two and a Half Men is. Even though the show airs at 8:30pm, Two and a Half Men is a highly sexualized adult series. Sure, there are a few jokes here and there that children will laugh at, but the series is generally directed at an older crowd – as is CBS’ entire line-up (their demographic is largely made up  viewers 34+). For the most part, it sounds like Jones doesn’t think the type of humor Two and a Half Men contains is appropriate.

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As previously stated, Jones was 10 when he began on the series. So while viewers have been watching him mature on TV, he actually has been growing up in real-life, too. And, with growing up comes the development of opinions, tastes and beliefs. Though it may sound odd coming from the star of a show, Jones’ opinions are his to have. Homeland star Mandy Patinkin famously quit Criminal Minds because he no longer wanted to be a part of a show with so much violent imagery.

Though we’ll have to wait and see whether or not Jones will continue on the series, it does present one of the first instances of a child actor to growing up to publicly stand against the type of series he’s been working on. Actually, it’s surprising that it hasn’t happened previously. Sure, we’ve had Anne Hathaway, Lindsay Lohan and Miley Cyrus all step away from their Disney stigma. But that was, essentially, them wanting to step away from the “family-friendly” label that they were slapped with. In Jones’ case, he just isn’t happy with the type of material Two and a Half Men handles; now that the “half” has grown up, he doesn’t like what the “two” have been doing.

Still, I’m sure there are more than a few people will agree with Jones’ plea to stop watching Two and a Half Men - though probably not for the same reason.


Two and Half Men airs Thursdays @8:30pm on CBS.

Follow Anthony on Twitter @anthonyocasio

Source: Forerunner Church [via Deadline]

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  1. Poor kid, sounds so brain-washed. He’s all focused on Satan all the time, “The Enemy”. Terrible way to live. He wants to be a “true god-fearing person.” Living a life of fear…

    • True that

  2. It looks like another character is going to be killed off :P Seriously though, I quit watching when Charlie Sheen left.

  3. I hope he realizes that many actors have one series in them. After this ends, his carer may go with it. As long as he’s fine with that I couldn’t care less.

    • Exactly. The fool is too young to know how lucky he is. This is likely the high point of his life- after this it will be downhill all the way.

      Many stars of successful series became arrogant and decided they were too good for the series. After they left they never had the same level of success again. Farrah Fawcett said ‘Charlie’s Angels’ was rubbish and she left to do something she considered more worthy of her talents. Well, she never did anything memorable after that, and that’s what she’ll be remembered for.

      David Carradine also felt he was too good for the successful series ‘Kung Fu’. So he left, and that was basically the last time he was a superstar. And even among those who were grateful how many found success after their shows? Where are the kids from the Cosby Show today? Different Strokes? Seinfeld? Friends (apart from Jenniffer Aniston)?

      If fate decides to let you win the lottery, don’t use your lottery cheque for toilet paper. Ten years after this show ends, people will be writing ‘where are they now’ stories about this kid. The answer will probably be, in a homeless shelter with Macauley Caulkin.

      • Aniston: varies movies
        LaBlanc: Episodes (series)
        Cox: Cougar Town (series)
        Perry: Go On (series)
        Schwimmer: Madagascar movies
        Web Theopy

        • I need to stop using my tablet to respond…. now where was i?

          Kudrow:Web Theropy

          All the Friends cast has had careers after the series ended (the only onei had to look up was kudrow) so yes some people do seem to vanish but not everyone.

          As for 2.5 Men, i’ve said for years it was terrible (mostly without seeing it) but when i did sit down to give it a chance i discovered i was right! How it lasted 9 years is a testiment to how far man has fallen. Nevermind religion, just look at the rating system. Movies that receive pg13 nowadays woulda been R 20 years ago. Even kids shows aren’t safe from filth (i.e. Spongebob)

          • Very true, loqstar04. I occasionally consider taking my young niece and nephew out to see a comedy movie, but nearly EVERY…SINGLE…ONE is rated R, nowadays. Tons of classic 80′s and 90′s comedies were funnier/wittier without having to resort to the gutter trash in an attempt to make people laugh. Hate to have another reason to long for “the good ol’ days,” but c’est la vie.

      • “David Carradine also felt he was too good for the successful series ‘Kung Fu’. So he left, and that was basically the last time he was a superstar.” ~ Etrigan
        David Carradine was in everything from tv-shows to movies. He became a success in his own right.

        • yep David Carradine was Bill from Kill Bill, far better material than Kung Fu for pete’s sake (although maybe ‘filthy’ sorry Angus..lol)

  4. is he on that Scientology?

    • No, it seems like he is on that Christianity

      • you need to watch it…God hears you

        • I’m the only one watching, he forgot about you long ago. He has new toys. But you’re all my army.

        • God is a fairy tale as well…i have a bridge to sell you.Interested??

          • Not really, you’re probably lying about that too.

            • Problem is, he can prove the bridge exists.

  5. being on the show made Jones a rich young man, donate the money to charity and find another job, cry baby.

  6. I know it’s been a while, but you are forgetting Kirk Cameron’s complaints about certain scenes (pretty tame by today’s standards) while he was on “Growing Pains” due to his religious beliefs.

  7. He’s just being a pompus 19 year old who think he knows everything. We were all there, it a part of becoming an adult

    • ^ This x 2

    • Learn to spell “pompous” before you accuse someone of it. Other a response such as that sounds more like “buffoonery”.

      • Learn to use the word “Otherwise” before you take a shot at someone elses grammar.

  8. Another right wing brain washed idiot…..poor soul needs to wake up…but it looks like he is brainwashed beyond help…these right wingers want to regress….we need to move forward and grow up

    • Forward towards what?

      Bread and circuses kept the Romans happy as their empire sank around them. Welfare and television provide the same distractions today.

      • I couldn’t have said it better myself, Jason.

      • Science tells us that every species on this earth has been constantly evolving since the start of time. We don’t live like the Romans because we evolved. History tells us that the Roman Empire fell because they tried to impose their beliefs on the whole world just like this kid is trying to do.

  9. He’s right, the show is filth. And not filthy for my personal taste, this coming from a guy who’s favorite comedies reside on FX (“The League,” “Archer,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and “Louie.”). It’s filthy in that it is raunchy jokes without any wit or class. It’s like comparing a Judd Apatow film to any Happy Madison Productions’ foray into R-rated territory. “Two-and-a-Half Men” should be taken off the air, not because of its filth, but simply because it is the most painfully-unfunny show to air on CBS (which is saying ALOT, considering the equally-annoying “Big Bang Theory” resides on that network), and I can’t believe that it has had faithful viewers for nine years.

    • Agreed.

      I honestly think the last great funny show America produced was Frasier and before that….I couldn’t name one. Never thought Friends or Seinfeld were very funny either.

      • Frasier sucked.

        • No way, Frasier was hilarious.

          Maybe you didn’t get the wordplay and the intelligent jokes? I’m English and I got 98% of the jokes on Frasier.

          Maybe you’d find it funnier if someone farted at inappropriate times? Lemme guess, you loved The Hangover movies, correct?

    • BBT is one of the few shows that makes me laugh so up yours man.

  10. He’s not the first person to suddenly have a strong religious belief and decide to step away from what he’s doing for one reason or another and won’t be the last (the more famous one I know of in the music industry is Brian Welch quitting Korn when he found God and dropping the Head nickname to write more positive and religious-based music on his own).

    The whole “Enemy” thing….he sounds like one of those conspiracy theorist nutjobs who try to blame television (and mostly Israel and Jews) for every evil in the world today.

    I hope he does some more growing up and realises that to follow God doesn’t mean he has to ascribe to the fundamentalist views hinted at in his comments in the video (I’m saying that as someone who has never been religious but has been fairly spiritual and is trying to understand things in both areas).

  11. Every generation needs its Kirk Cameron.

    It’s not for me, but if that’s where his heart is, that’s cool.

  12. He sounds pretty thoughtful and mature to me. #winning

  13. I’m very proud of you…God is awesome and Hollywood needs to be saved. Be an example to others. He will be your defense. I stopped watching a long time ago due to the sexual nature of the show. May God bless.

    • I never watched the show, but I applaud him for taking a stand for his values. The truth is never popular, but he is making a strong statement for his faith. I’m sure he realizes that if he leaves the show, his life will never be the same as it is now but he has faith in God that all will be okay.

      • Yeah, the truth never really is popular, like remember that one time people tried saying the world was truly not flat and they were treated like lying blasphemers? Sorry ’bout the spelling, also I’m really bored at work, so sorry if this is stirring stuff up, again, just bored and found your comment ironic.

  14. I have a flick for FOX that would solve Jones problem. FOX needs to hear idea.

  15. So it appears that Angus T. Jones really is as dumb as the character he portrays.

    • And he’s likely still more famous and wealthy than you’ll ever be.

      • That makes me laugh coming from you. Try harder.

  16. Seems to be OK with collecting the paycheck.

  17. He is such an ass and not even a good actor. i wonder when people stop watching and the show gets cancel what is he going to do. He fails to realize he is no charlie sheen or cryer

    • You say that like it’s a bad thing.

  18. If he doesn’t want to be on the show anymore than just quit. He won’t because he’s paid too much and doesn’t want to give that up. that makes him a hypocrite.

    • Yeah, cause it couldn’t POSSIBLY be a contract issue. Quitting could put him in breach of contract and actually COST him money. Instead, he’s probably honoring his agreement like the bible says to do.

      • I guess you don’t read the Bible much. Why would god want him to honor his contract with the devil? He should just quit if he feels that way and stop trying to tell me what to watch.

  19. FOX needs to hear the answer I have for Jones in a new show. Great idea

  20. 2½ Men has long been one of the worst shows on television and I’ve always been shocked it has an audience.
    Love how everyone is calling him brainwashed for simply realizing he has a moral responsibility…who cares if realization of that came from religion? At least he actually has some sense of accountability; something entirely lost in Hollywood.
    Now that’s he’s an adult, he finally realized what a crap show he’s been on. You think he should just shut up and accept the paycheck, but his faith drives him to stand up for what he believes: courage so many of you lack.

    I’ve never had respect for fans of this show.

  21. h

  22. aaawh, He misses Charlie, like we all do!

  23. What a great young man! I’m so happy for him that he found Jesus. You people calling him a fool are the fools! I’ll pray for you that you will find Jesus and accept him as your personal Savior.

    • Do not pray for me. Please.

  24. When I first started watching this show, the sex maniac was Charlie. Charlie was more focused on sex than not. Then the brother became the next bed hopper. Lets not stop there, Mom had to give her boys a bounce for their money. And sadly, now every time the son is on the show, he ends up in bed with some girl. This show is filthy. Thats why I don’t watch it anymore.

  25. He should of thought of that before signing the contract. Doesn’t he get a butt load of money for each episode?

    • he’s been working on the show for almost half his life, of course his opinions were going to grow and change. there is no reason to expect him to have considered his current beliefs almost ten years ago.

  26. Excuse me, are we living in Russia, or another communist country? what’s with all the slamming about his religion? We live in America, that is our right to Freedom of Speech and Religion. If you don’t like it…You need to leave.

    • Did you forget that are indeed in America.

      If we don’t like it we can stay and voice our opinion on it.

    • Freedom of speech works both ways. You can’t just be free to say what YOU want to say. EVERYONE can say what they feel. Even hypocrites like Angus here.

      The typical response of an automaton who can’t think for themselves and is intolerant of any other viewpoints or beliefs is “If you don’t like, you need to leave.”

  27. What an idiot, ok so the show is close to the knuckle and in all honesty lost its edge when sheen left but to slate the show when it’s given this kid everything he could ever want is a serious lack of judgement. Whoever has got into his ears (and is spending his money, probably some evangelist con man), I seriously hope he wakes up before everything he has worked for disappears. Movie celebs seem to want to find a religion or charity and tell us all about it and press their views on us because they think they are better than us, my lady is a nurse and takes care or sick children, this kid stands in front of a few 100 people reading lines written be someone else and gets paid more than she does annually for one show, he needs to understand just how lucky he is and don’t bite the hand that feeds.

  28. I’m with you, Angus! Also, the show has gone downhill since Charlie left. I really don’t understand why they considered it a good idea to keep doing it without him since he was the heart of the story. It was about time some of the other actors had their negative word on it. I know he doesn’t refer to Charlie but anyway, he wants to quit. And why having thousands per episode when what you’re working on contradicts what you believe in? I think we should respect other’s beliefs, people.

  29. regardless of religious belief the show is horrible, and kudos to jones for acknowledging it. he’s entitled to his opinion, and it’s rather refreshing that he isn’t singing its praises.