A day after igniting a firestorm with a video in which he called "Two and a Half Men" "filth" and seemingly renounced the program that had made him a star, 19-year-old actor Angus T. Jones issued an apology for his fiery rant against the popular sitcom.
"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 over the past ten years and who have become an extension of my family," said Jones in a statement.
The apology came after Jones urged viewers to stop watching the show and discussed his spiritual and religious awakening thanks to an Alabama-based church whose leader has made a series of controversial videos attacking everyone from Jay-Z to President Obama.
"I have been the subject of much discussion, speculation and commentary over the past 24 hours," Jones' statement began. "While I cannot address everything that has been said or right every misstatement or misunderstanding, there is one thing I want to make clear ... 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."
Jones also thanked the cast and crew of the show and expressed his love and support for them and appreciation for their love and guidance. "I grew up around them and know that the time they spent with me was in many instances more than with their own families," said the star, who began his run on the show when he was 9. "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."
Coincidentally, Jones, who reportedly earns $350,000 per show, will not appear in the next two episodes of the CBS comedy slated to shoot before the holiday hiatus, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The absence reportedly has nothing to do with the rant, but is just a story quirk based on Jones' character being in the Army.
The show's former star, Charlie Sheen, who was fired in 2011 after a very public blowup with Lorre, weighed in on the controversy on Tuesday. "With Angus's Hale-Bopp-like meltdown, it is radically clear to me that the show is cursed," Sheen told E! News.
Sheen wasn't the only one who had an opinion on the unusual trash-talking video. "The Office" star Rainn Wilson released a spoof video on Wednesday in which he tried to grab some of Jones' spotlight by denigrating his own show.
"Dwight from 'The Office' is nothing, okay?" says Wilson in the clip. "'The Office' is nothing, all right? If you watch 'The Office,' please don't watch 'The Office.' I'm on 'The Office.' It's filth. And that filth will rot your brain."