On Monday, videos of “Two and a Half Men” star Angus T. Jones begging fans to stop watching the show hit the web. He said he’d found religion through Seventh Day Adventist internet preacher Forerunner, and that he now felt “Two and a Half Men” was “filth.”
Now, Jones has released a lengthy statement via his PR reps in which he apologizes for the lack of respect showed to his colleagues. Over 200 people are employed because of “Two and a Half Men,” and Jones himself collects over $300,000 per episode as the highest-paid teenager on television.
Jones does not comment on his much speculated-about affiliation with Forerunner in the statement, the full text of which is below.
“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.”