Two and a Half Men's Angus T. Jones, the center of a mediacontroversy after making critical comments about the series, lateTuesday made clear that he appreciates the opportunity he has had on theCBS hit comedy.
In his first statement regarding a video of areligious testimony in which he asked viewers to stop watching the showand said it contained "filth," the 19-year-old Jones expresses gratitudeto his colleagues but does not address the video comments directly.
"Without qualification, I am grateful to and have the highest regard and respect for all of the wonderful people on Two and a Half Men with whom I have worked and over the past 10 years who have become an extension of my family," he says in a statement.
Jones, who has played Jake Harper since Men'spremiere in 2003, credits co-creator Chuck Lorre and others at CBS andWarner Bros., the show's producer, for "what has been one of the mostsignificant experiences in my life to date. I thank them for theopportunity they have given and continue to give me and the help andguidance I have and expect to continue to receive from them."
Theactor expressed regret to those connected to the show. "I apologize ifmy remarks reflect me showing indifference to and disrespect of mycolleagues and a lack of appreciation of the extraordinary opportunityof which I have been blessed. I never intended that," he says.
In the video testimony, which became a viral sensation Monday, Jones said: "If you're watching Two and a Half Men, please stop watching Two and a Half Men. I'm on Two and a Half Men. I don't want to be on it. ... Please stop filling your head with filth."
CBS and Warner Bros. have declined comment on Jones' video statements or about his status on the show. Menhas two episodes remaining to shoot before the holiday break. Joneswill not appear in either of them, but they were written before thecontroversial video surfaced.
Since this is Men, nostranger to behind-the-scenes controversy, it shouldn't be surprising tofind former star Charlie Sheen, who was fired early last year after ahuge dust-up with management, offering his verdict on the matter to E! Online and People.
"WithAngus's Hale-Bopp-like meltdown, it is radically clear to me that theshow is cursed," Sheen says. (Hale-Bopp is a comet that flew by Earth in1997, accompanied by a blaze of media hype.)