Talk about looking a gift horse in the mouth. Angus T. Jones, the 19-year-old co-star of "Two and a Half Men," shocked fans of the show this week when he released a video through his church referring to the long-running hit sitcom as "filth" and encouraging TV viewers to look away.
"Please stop watching it," Jones said in the clip posted by the Forerunner Christian Church in Fremont, California, which the actor refers to as his spiritual home. "Please stop filling your head with filth." For the past 10 seasons Jones has played Jake Harper, the son of uptight divorced dad Jon Cryer's character Alan and nephew of former star Charlie Sheen's womanizing hell-raiser, Charlie.
"You cannot be a true God-fearing person and be on a television show like that," Jones 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."
In the video, Jones describes his long search for a church that spoke to him, explaining that he found his home in the all-black Alabama-based congregation. Jones said he discovered the church in part through its video series, which features his spiritual mentor Christopher Hudson, who has espoused a number of controversial theories in Forerunner Chronicles videos, including his claims that Jay-Z is a freemason with ties to Satan and that the gas rationing in New York and New Jersey following superstorm Sandy could lead to cannibalism.
"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," said Jones. "Jake from 'Two and a Half Men' means nothing. He's a nonexistent character."
At one point he says though he's on the show, he no longer wants to be. Jones, Cryer and Sheen's replacement, Ashton Kutcher, reportedly signed one-year contracts when the show was renewed for its 10th and seemingly final season in May.
"A lot of people don't like to think about how deceptive the enemy is. He's been doing this for a lot longer than any of us have been around," Jones said, seemingly referring to Satan. "There's no playing around when it comes to eternity."
Neither CBS nor the show's producer, Warner Bros. Television, have commented so far. Entertainment Weekly reported that Jones, who is said to early around $350,000 per episode, could be in breach of his show contract due to typical disparagement clauses in contracts that prohibit actors from making negative statements about their shows in public. The magazine noted, however, that it's rare for studios to enforce those rules.
"Men" fans will recall that the show has had a rocky ride over the past few years, set off when Sheen was fired in 2010 for his drug use and public lambasting of the network and show creator Chuck Lorre.